This is a viewpoint I’m hearing a lot of recently. People say that if you want to make a change in your life then you should just do it. Waiting for some arbitrary day to get started is just a sign of weakness and an excellent procrastination tool.
While I understand that thought process, I don’t necessarily agree with it. I think plenty of people manage to change their lives all year round without the extra push of the new year. But, I do believe that the idea of a clean slate, a sparkling new year that’s full of possibilities, can be extremely motivating. It gives people that extra push to go for what they want. Setting goals with clearly defined dates and measurable results significantly increases the likelihood of completing them. And yes, the majority of people don’t follow through with their resolutions year-round. According to the New York Times, 1/3 of people will give up by the end of January and another fifty percent’s resolutions will be a thing of the past by July. But even if you only keep it up six months or three weeks, at least you attempted and you improved yourself that much.
Maybe humanity shouldn’t need this day to jump-start a “getting better” process, but I’m a firm believer in anything that helps or motivates people to do/be better. So, even though I’ve never actually stuck with one through December 31st, I will always have New Year’s resolutions and I will always approach them with as much gusto as I can manage.
My grandmother and her sister came to Chicago on a bus tour a few weeks ago and this perfectly sums up the time I spent with them. It was three days of gallivanting around the city with a group of senior citizens exploring the best Chicago has to offer.
I met up with them on Tuesday night to go to Giordanos pizza. Much to my chagrin, my grandma insisted that I meet her at the hotel and ride the tour bus to the restaurant. I’m fairly confident that I now know what it feels like to be an exotic animal in a zoo. My first step on that bus brought all conversations to a complete halt. All 50ish pairs of aging eyes were squinting at me through their 3-inch glasses. Unsure of whether this young creature was real or a new side effect of their medication. I awkwardly shuffled down the aisle to the very back of the bus while they all craned their necks to watch me and my grandmother proudly announced to every single one of them, “this is my granddaughter, this is my granddaughter.” (isn’t she cute?) That evening was spent learning about the long drive from New York to Chicago and the bad weather they had (so much bad weather talk).
The next day I met the group for lunch and the Signature Room of the John Hancock Building. This is when the conversation turned to “life nowadays” and how none of them understand young people. It was like sitting in a stereotypical TV show. “Who’s this Lindsay Lohan girl and how did she become famous?” “What’s with kids and all their texting? Why do they always want to be on the phone?” And my personal favorite- “Do you know Phil Collins?” “I don’t listen to new music.” It took all the strength I had to not to burst out laughing in the middle of the table. Phil Collins hasn’t been considered new music since my little sister was born.
All in all, it was great to see my grandmother and enlightening to get a much older perspective on things like Kim Kardashian and Gangnam style.
So it turns out that I actually couldn’t think of any for this (Twilight aside, but I didn’t think that really counted since the books weren’t spectacular literature to begin with). The primary reason for my lack of answer is that I haven’t seen most of the movies based on the books I’ve read. I’m always scared that they’ll ruin the book for me or that they’ll just be a huge disappointment. But, I’ve realized that I could be missing out on some great movies! Which leads me to my next project- watching these movies and reporting my findings back to you fine people.
First up? The Secret Life of Bees.