New leaf

Fernando Mendez | 1/12/2018, 2:44 p.m.
New leaf

Every year we resolve to change some things in our lives. Perhaps we want to lose weight, travel more, drink less, spend less money, master a new language or just clean up our closets. And every year most of us fail to get those things done or achieve some partial success. Then we repeat the process hoping to reach our goals some day. If not this year, the following year.

In this case it really should not matter whether we succeed or fail, the point is to try. we have read a few articles on the subject and one very interesting essay that appeared in the New Yorker implores us not to make any promises of change, to continue doing what we have done in the past year, and just relax. We prefer to promote the idea of change, of trying to do better, or perhaps look for new ways of reaching our goals. What is sort of common sense on the subject is not to attempt too much, not to plan to alter our lives because that often happens organically, not the way we planned it and not at a time of our choosing.

People come and go from our daily lives because we change jobs or we move to a new city, or travel to far away places and make new friends. In many ways we are the sum of the people we know and the experiences we accumulate. There is a sense of renewal in trying to acquire more knowledge, explore new places and meet new people. We don’t need to make drastic changes in order to feel that sense of renewal, perhaps the only thing we need is to take inventory, to assess how we are living and attempt to do better, like Sisyphus pushing the rock. Happy New Year.

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