I've never been too good at keeping resolutions past March (I’ve been trying to kick my sugar addiction since my teens) but in the spirit of self-improvement every year I make some anyway. Maybe it’s not so much the resolutions themselves that are important but rather the introspection that propels us to make them. The new year brings the chance to start with a clean slate and the possibilities are endless, they’re all out there waiting in the great unknown that is our future.
December is a time of reflection to assess what worked, what didn’t, what were the battles, the successes, and the failures. Looking back on my own 2011 I realize it has been pretty epic. I’m coming up on my first year of living on my own when it seems like only yesterday that I moved to New York pursuing what once seemed the elusive dream of every actor I know but which now seems closer than ever. Dear old '11 was a year of personal growth, self-discoveries, little victories, growing pains, change, adapting, moving (twice in one year!), falling in and out of love, and here comes my favorite word again- improvement. If 2011 had a theme it would be “Learning the ropes…and I’m just getting started.”
My resolution is to apply the lessons I’ve learned to next year’s choices. After all, 2012 will be filled with its own worries, its own heartbreaks, its own joys and great expectations. If it’s true what the Mayans say and the world ends tomorrow then I want to spend it enjoying the red velvet cupcake that is my life down to the very last sugary bite. So I guess not every resolution is meant to be kept. I can only wish you all the same. And here’s to yet another resolution: love till you burst, laugh till it hurts, and when life gets you down sweat the small stuff on the dance floor. See you next year!