A New Year means so many things to so many people. It also marks the perpetual passing of the previous year. Inevitably time takes things away, including days, weeks, months and years - making what was known as the present, now the past.

For many, a new year means another opportunity to further oneself - to evolve and flourish. Around the world, new year celebrations are loud and colorful, to the dismay of the animal kingdom who, on the cusp of these celebrations, are more frightful than cheerful, and for substantial reason. While some decide to partake in the bright lights and loud sounds, others celebrate quietly at home with loved ones or in a different space. There are also those folks who, in lieu of celebrating, are stuck at work - an important place to be nonetheless. Regardless of where one is, or if celebrations, serenity or working is the activity of choice on the last day of the year, many people find themselves introspectively revisiting the previous year, racking their brains to jot down to do's for the new year. Resolutions - the word these to do's are generally called.

As a child, mummy always insisted that my sisters and I draw up a list of resolutions - the practical and emboldening kind. Resolutions that would avail personal development in a different way than before - a sort of band-aid for the bruises earned in the previous year.

As children, there was something special and exhilarating about filtering through the good and deplorable moments of the previous year and this made resolutions seem a lot like starting anew, following the same principle as a second chance. But, as the age came, resolutions vanished from thought. There was no longer any exhilaration, rather, a reminder that time was ticking away and demeanors were manifesting themselves in different ways. The authenticity of adulthood became clearer and the consciousness of this stole the breath away from the care of having such reminders. Supplementally, it made the vigilance of being unable to commit to these resolutions much more compound, and this hampered positive thinking. If anything, it nurtured disappointment and other negative feelings of self.

However, the thing is, resolutions are not meant to blast negative effect, rather, it is meant to nurture personal development, and until this is understood, homogeneous feelings of distrust for this word will loop in one's psyche, like it did in mine for a long time. Needless to state, I am still in the process of rehabilitating this annual childhood tradition, and, as a result, risen to appreciate the reasoning behind the need for resolutions in the first place. Although I don't eagerly sit with pen and paper, scribbling them, I do silently and within the mind, make firm decisions for the future whether in life, love, vocation or otherwise and that, in essence, falls in line with the meaning of the word.

So, after many years of shying away, I have, instead, begun to embrace the act of making resolutions, and this has taught me that, one should not wait until the end of an old year and the beginning of a new one to make plans for evolution, instead, practice it daily. Enlighten your mind always. Encourage growth even when the right conditions, lack presence.

The practice of making resolutions should become more commonly placed and encouraged, as it will aid with continuous self-enhancement, and help many people develop, rejuvenate, and strengthen their commitment skills. In a society where self-esteem issues run rampant and many lack a sense of obligation to anything or anyone, the practice of daily resolutions can, hopefully, be an easily accessible source of corrective measure.

In honor of this post, check out my video "A New Year Awaits."

Acting, Filmmaking, 2018Tiva Samaru