Wednesday, January 2, 2008
Happy New Year, everyone. It's 2008, and it’s time to get down to business. I've taken the liberty of making a list of resolutions we all should adopt . . .
1. Become dangerous—if you aren't already. Take kickboxing lessons. (That’s my plan.) Learn how to throw a mean right hook. (But please don't practice on other people.) Not the physical type? Then master the art of persuasion. Never go looking for trouble—just make sure you're ready if it finds you.
2. Be someone else at least once a month. Craft an alias and a disguise to match. Then go out and experience the world as another person. You’ll learn a lot about your fellow human beings—and maybe even find out what your sister does with her free time.
3. Explore the unknown. I'm not suggesting that you pack your bags and leave the continent. In fact the closer you stay to home, the better. I promise you'll be shocked by how much you've overlooked. In 2008, I'm going to make a list of all the places I've never visited inside New York City, and every weekend I intend to see something I’ve never seen before.
4. Face a fear. At some point this year, I plan to see a whale up close. Why? Because I, like many people, secretly fear that I will one day be eaten by something much larger than myself. Eventually I would love to swim with the sharks, but I think I’ll leave that for 2009.
5. Do something courageous. Write a petition. Protect an innocent person. Take a stand in 2008, and you’ll remember it with pride your entire life.
6. Make something with your own hands. It doesn't matter if it's a sculpture, a door alarm, or a pair of socks.
7. Stay tuned for more weird stuff on Ananka’s Diary!