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Happy New Year 2011

Today is the first day of the new year. As everybody knows, but some people choose to forget, it is very much the same as yesterday, the last day of the previous year. To be honest, I find celebrating new year somewhat arbitrary and regard them more as a good opportunity to meet friends and have a good time. I don’t care much for countdowns and even two years in Taiwan has made me tired of fireworks.I feel that I have some things I want to write in this post, even though summarising the year is not among them (I do that on my birthday).

To start with, I want to thank everybody who made last night’s party wonderfully nice; special thanks to the hosts of course! All factors except possibly the weather contributed: just the right number of people (and a fair number I didn’t know), just the right amount of alcohol, just the right atmosphere. It was great, thanks!

I would like to mention a more serious and also somewhat pessimistic topic. New Year’s Eve seems to be a day when self-delusion is elevated to a virtue. What’s up with all these New Year’s resolutions? Isn’t it obvious that the concept is deeply flawed and probably leads to more harm than good? For instance, if there is something you want to change in your life, why do you wait until a specific time to start? It’s arbitrary and if you really want to change something, you should do it immediately. There is no future,  the future is now. Moreover, setting yourself a goal to achieve within one year is doomed to fail. Why give yourself one year to achieve something? Why not estimate how long it will take and then set a reasonable deadline, preventing you from postponing important actions until December, when it’s almost time for a new resolution? New Year’s resolutions are the epitome of bad goal management. I won’t elaborate on what to do instead here, but check this link for some thoughts.

Lastly, I’ll write something about what’s going on in general. I seldom write about my personal life here nowadays, but this will be an exception. Apart from a minor essay, I have virtually full control over my time right now, meaning that I can do whatever I choose to do without the sometimes annoying restraints imposed my university curricula. So, what do I do with my time, then? Apart from idle surfing, reading, cubing, studying Chinese and hanging out with friends (i.e. the things I usually do), I’ve also started writing my novel again. That project was put on ice when I moved to Taiwan, which means that I haven’t done anything for several years. Now, however, I’m not only up-to-date, I’ve also updated my planning, plotted the remaining parts of the book and started writing. I don’t know when it’s realistic to have a draft ready, but I would guess pretty soon.

Gott nytt år!
Happy New Year!

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