As we approach the end of January, its the time many peoples New Year Resolutions like their NYE celebrations become a vague memory. This year I decided to make positive resolutions and resolutions for other people, not the usual resolutions such as go to the gym/be healthy/loose weight/eat more veggies/drink less wine...blah blah blah. Exactly the kind that people around me make on NYE and break by the end of January. Hopefully I will get to December and look back on a year of good deeds and nice memories. So here is what I am trying to do this year....
My first resolution is to appreciate where I am. This doesn't have to be just where I live but where I travel to. I have a lot of free time when I am at home in Switzerland so I am going to make a big effort to get out and about and explore Switzerland. Also there must still be hundreds of things I haven't seen or done in London, New York and Tokyo for example, and so I am going to explore new bits of those cities this year too.
My second resolution is really for my friends and family. I am going to aim to send everyone a birthday card. A real, made from paper, in an envelope and delivered by the postman birthday card.
Last year I got a total of 4 birthday cards and I was a little sad. I love birthday cards. I got loads of emails and texts but they just aren't the same. And then I thought about how nice it is to get a card with a message from someone who cares about you and so decided that was one thing I would aim for.
Lastly, I resolved to help out any 'lost' tourists I could when I am in London.
I have always been a city girl and love the chaos of London, but I appreciate that it can be quite daunting for people from small towns especially those who don't speak English. I see tourists all the time, struggling with a map, looking lost, whilst people push past them in a hurry.
Everyday this week I've taken a minute out to stop and help a random stranger. Some of them look startled, after all, Londoners are not known for their friendliness. Mostly I have had a good reaction.
I helped people find Tower Bridge, when they thought they wanted to go to London Bridge, get to Oxford Street from Leicester Square, Selfridges from Bond Street and Buckingham Palace from Green Park. Hopefully they will all go away with a better impression of this fabulous city. They certainly all looked a bit happier. So you see resolutions don't have to be about yourself, nor do they have to be sacrifices. They can just be small things that make someones day a little happier.
What resolutions did you make ? Have you kept to them ? Maybe make some new ones for the start of February. Make ones that will make you happy. They will be easier to keep.
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