New Year’s Resolutions – Part 1

Posted: 30/12/2011 by C. Matt Hewes in Bits 'n' Bobs

Hmm.. what’s there to say?

Whole flocks of people have been wrecking their brains, trying to come up with new resolutions, yet again. After all, it is the time of year, no? Let’s put some of them in the spotlight.. Be advised, what you are about to read is my personal opinion, it’s not snagged from some survey-website or anything.

1 – The most obvious: Stop smoking. Many a smoker will, early New Year’s Eve and thus sound of mind, promise themselves or worse, half their circle of friends, to stop smoking come the first day of the new year. In anticipation of the agony they’re about to face, they light up one after the other during the festivities. “Just to make it more bearable”, so they say.. As the evening matures, so does the intake of alcoholic beverages, and with every new drink, another fag is set alight and enjoyed as were it -already- the last.

The closer the hour of Doom creeps, the less worried they are about their Resolution: “No problem, I’ve got it all under control..” In fact, the only thing they have control over is their pack of fags! As the last minute of the Old Year nears, the glasses of bubbly are poured and distributed amongst the guests. Swiftly, the About-to-quit-Smokers flick a fag out of the packet, silently hoping no one noticed, aim the lighter and fire up: “Happy New Year!” Soon, one of their friends/acquaintances notices the fag and says: “Thought you’d quit?”, to which the first excuse becomes a fact: “Yeh but this was lit last year…”.

When the time has come to -finally- go home, everyone is too far gone to even remember the fact, and many fags cease to exist.. The next day, going to a New Year’s party, the aspiring stop-smokers have a new excuse: “I’ll really pack it in, after the party..” or: “I get cranky when I don’t have a fag every now and again..”

Two weeks on, the Resolution is banned to the virtual back of the drawer, “but I will stop… soon..”

Of course, there are people -and I applaud them- who really throw all smoking paraphernalia out and pack it in. They might however recognise this from previous attempts to quit. For your information; I packed in smoking for a couple of years but got hooked again.. and I’l be the last one to say it’s easy to just kick the habit -in many cases- of a lifetime..

Have a very happy New Year all! Make sure you count your fingers Sunday morning (in other words: be careful if you light fireworks)!


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