New Year’s Eve wouldn’t be such a big deal if so many people didn’t have a soft spot for second chances and blank pages. It’s the ideal holiday for those of us who find an irrational amount of comfort at the sight of the calendar's last page.
What other seasonal celebration comes with an expectation to set the tone for the entire remaining 360-ish days?
Its rituals range from wearing red undies to attract love, or cramming a grape for each of the last 12 seconds of the year, to crossing the street while holding a suitcase to bring luck in traveling.
But New Year’s resolutions remain a favorite tradition for their practicality and because they present a melding of our present selves with our hopes for becoming better versions of ourselves.
To honor this metaphorical blank page (brought to us by Pope Gregory XIII’s ever-popular calendar system), Sky Blue Window asked a variety of artists and creatives to share their personal goals, reflections and resolutions for 2016.
For my New Year's resolution I want to promote kindness, sharing, peace and nonjudgmental coexistence. I want to bring together people from every social class, race, belief system ... in any situation that I can.
Music has always been my most comfortable platform, but I'd like for that kind of social harmony also to transcend outside of it.
Positivity and negativity are both very contagious and very real. I intend to spread the positive and help build the community. These aren't necessarily new goals for me, but they're ones I'm definitely going to focus on more.
I love making New Year's resolutions. Probably because, as I just learned from catching up on my Freakonomics episodes, I'm a sucker for the "Fresh Start Effect" -- an economic theory that says people are more likely to tackle and accomplish their goals if they attach them to a "salient temporal landmark."
Every single year I make a zillion of them, with the hope of being a Better Katherine Coplen in 365 short days. Here are this year's:
-- to visit four national parks and hike two slot canyons to celebrate the centennial of the National Parks System
-- to learn a new sport and "become a bit less tragically uncoordinated"
-- to run the Monumental Marathon
-- to squat/deadlift/bench press 600 pounds
-- to makeover my budget "to spend more on experiences and less on stuff
-- to see more live hip-hop and attend two new music festivals
As someone who is resolute on a daily basis, making a meaningful resolution for the sake of Jan. 1 seems somewhat superstitious for me.
But it's always a surprise in the new year when I figure out what I earned the previous year. Maybe with a bit of amateur accounting, I can actually be a step or two ahead of my finances in 2016. I need to save up to self-finance a few of my near-completed projects.
Bio: Jennifer Delgadillo is an artist who lives on the Near Eastside of Indianapolis where she enjoys making art, writing, reading magazines, and drinking wine with her husband and her neighbors. Her work is eclectic and ranges from doing diabetes research to cooking brunch on Sundays at Tlaolli. She writes regularly...Jennifer Delgadillo is an artist who lives on the Near Eastside of Indianapolis where she enjoys making art, writing, reading magazines, and drinking wine with her husband and her neighbors. Her work is eclectic and ranges from doing diabetes research to cooking brunch on Sundays at Tlaolli. She writes regularly for Humanizemag.com.more