In the words of Antonio Gramsci, Marxist theorist, the celebration of a new year makes us lose the continuity of life and spirit. The new year celebration is an excuse to make and break resolutions, to insert a false gap into history when in reality history is a continuous, unbroken flow.
That said, at the bottom of this page are my new year’s writing resolutions.
While it’s good to get some perspective and step away from what have become overwhelmingly consumerist holidays, the new year gives us a sense of rebirth, something to strive for. History, as it is made every day, wears you out. The idea that the world can reset itself and maybe bring a bit of relief from what can seem like a never-ending stream of bad is one that I think we all need.
Any date or time can mark a new start: the many different new year markers in the world, a defining life event, or even just waking up in the morning and saying “this is a new age for me”. It doesn’t have to be a total rehaul of your life, it can be as simple as deciding to read a new book or take up boxing.
New year’s resolutions don’t have to be made to be broken, just like they don’t have to be mammoth, unattainable ideals. In my case, they’re more like a to-do list.
My Writing Resolutions:
- Begin querying The Book of the Dead
- Complete a draft of World Tree (real name tbd)
- Submit a short story to my school’s literary magazine
- Keep reading, even if it’s just half an hour before bed
- Update this blog once to twice a week
This is my first post on this blog, so I’m on track for at least one : )
Happy New Year!