“When will this insanity stop?” begs Richard Martinez, father of the perpetrator of America’s most recent Mass murder as he points to irresponsible politicians and the NRA.
Hello everybody, today is tuesday the 7th, congratulations! The new you is officially one week old, how are you finding it?
Baby Steps and Milestones:
Naturally the first week is always the hardest, especially with intensive resolutions, finding your feet and setting a rhythm tends to be disruptive and awkward, taking things at your own pace is always the best option!
No matter what your resolution is, or how fast you are approaching it, don’t forget to leave milestones, if you are reading this then I hope it’s motivation to look at the progress you have made and what your next milestone will be. This thing is a whole years worth of resolution, having milestones can sustain motivation, so with that, happy first week!
It’s not that big a deal…
Uhh yes it is! See here’s the kicker: A new year’s resolution is a personal commitment, something you alone will live with, you stirred up some invested self worth, some commitment and some time. Just think about what a resolution actually means to you, your reasons for doing it, these things are never as small as they seem.
Introducting some existentialism might help explain here, I’ll use Sartre’s Gambler as an example, but for all you reading, just add in your resolution in place of the premise “I wish to quit gambling.” The example goes as follows:
“I should have liked so much not to gamble anymore; yesterday I even had a synthetic apprehension of the situation (threatening ruin, disappointment of relatives) as forbidding me to play. It seemed to me that I had established a real barrier between gambling and myself, and now I suddenly perceive that my former understanding of the situation is no more than a memory of an idea, a memory of a feeling. In order for it to come to my aid once more, I have to remake it ex nihilo and freely.” (70)
“after having patiently built up walls and barriers, after enclosing myself in the magic circle of a resolution, i percieve with anguish that nothing prevents me from gambling” (72)
The gambler in this example is realising his freedom in that he is defenceless against his temptations, he is free to choose, just as you are. Such is a resolution, something that must be recreated each moment, each day. In the first week, such actions will inevitably disrupt day to day living, at this point, the resolution may even be detrimental, but is done in the name of improving an aspect of your life.
With that in mind, a resolution is more than just a few words, it’s even more than every action done in it’s name. It’s a wailing child, consuming your time and energy, right now it’s taking it’s first steps, tentatively growing, soon it won’t need support, until then, be proud of what you are doing, no matter if it is a huge change or a small one, taken slowly or fast.
So there you go, rather long winded, but I hope this gives you an idea of what you have thus far accomplished, no matter how small it may be. After all, years come and go but you only change when you decide to!
Congratz and keep it up!
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My cat looked at me today, she looked happy, yet had spent the day sitting and resting around the edge of the room instead of in the middle, notably; she was away from the fire.
Now It isn’t fair to say my cat isn’t loving, she likes to sit with us and enjoys company, but she is also vengeful, and is as likely to draw blood as she is to follow you along the street as you go for a walk.
See, she is getting old, there’s nothing left in the fields to dismember and now she spends most of her time in the house; so her distance today made me think, what is it like to live in an alien environment, to live as a pet? My cat lives in a world determined entirely by the whims of me or my family, and we operate far beyond her comprehension, seemingly the masters of her environment and life.
How would you react? Living in a world with such a determined environment, everything is provided, your instincts are useless and you cannot even imagine the level by which your “family” operates, you alone cannot interact as the rest do. Dogs manage it fine, but cats are more independent, I think i’d go insane pretty quickly, perhaps that’s why my cat is both affectionate and murderous, perhaps she just wants to introduce a little chaos into a static world…one broken ornament at a time.
Welcome to 2014 and the birth of TAG’s World
All years begin with a resolution, and this blog is the manifestation of my resolution, namely, to get blogging!
So here’s the Ice breaker, I’m a politics/philosophy student, a day away from moving back to Germany where i’ll be spending my time studying, exploring and flailing about in utter confusion!
My goal here is to blog about experiences living abroad, such as the language and people alongside experiences delving into hobbies like Snowboarding and Aikido, philosophy and games! I’ll be dividing them appropriately and posting regularly but for now It’s time to learn WordPress. If you have any tips, I’m all ears and thanks for viewing :D