New Year’s doesn’t mean a whole lot to me; my more important yearly markers are my birthday and my transplant anniversary. I’ve never been one of those people who goes to parties on New Year’s Eve. I prefer to celebrate quietly. (I do have several friends who have New Year’s Day birthdays, however!)
My parish will hold a vigil Mass starting with holy hour at 11. I went to that last year, and I’ll probably go again this year. In the United States, January 1 is a Holy Day of Obligation for Catholics, because it’s the the feast day of our country’s patronal saint (the Virgin Mary). So we have to go to church either tonight or tomorrow.
I did a lot in 2012: wrote my novel, got interviewed for a national magazine, and did some excellent theater. I hope to do even more great theater this year, and to get my book proposal out into the world. But generally my goals are to be alive, enjoy my life, and read as many books as possible.
I also usually don’t make resolutions. As a kid the resolution was to stop biting my nails, which always failed miserably. And the other “resolutions” I have are the same as the rest of the world: eat better and exercise more. I actually started exercising more back in December, so that resolution started early. Instead of eating “better”, mine is to cook more, which generally leads to eating better (when you can control your ingredients and how you prepare food, it works out better. Also helps with vegetable consumption!).
Some things I’m looking forward to: Doing Les Miserables this summer; seeing Rite of Spring in March; going to see Maria Stuarda at the Live in HD performance next month; my sister graduates from college, and Disney World! (Hopefully. If dad’s proposal gets accepted) So there are lots of good things coming up, as well as turning 31, and my 8 year transplant anniversary.
I am, in general, an optimist. I know the world has problems. But I also think it’s better to try to fix them, instead of preaching gloom and doom, and fight the good fight. There are a lot of negative nelly bloggers out there who think they’re preaching “truth” and we all are being ostriches. The world is ending!
No it’s not. It’s changing–it always is–but I’ll take optimism, thank you.
Here’s to 2013.