There’s something refreshing and renewing about making resolutions, especially as it happens only once a year. Here’s what six characters I know have resolved to do.
Ex-con Dan lost a lot of life behind bars, so he wants to make the most of the new year. Resolution one: he’s going to get a job. Doesn’t matter what at this point. Two: he’s going to learn a new word every day. Useful words to help him go up in the world. There are plenty of those in the dictionary he just bought. Three: he’s going to find someone. It’s a long climb from where he is, but hey, one day at a time. One word at a time.
Her boyfriend may be perfect (he often says as much) but Harriet needs to get her own act together. First, she’s going to hone her negotiating skills so she gets decent money for the articles she writes. Second, she plans to break into the broadsheets. Third, she’ll try to win her first ever journalism prize. Hopefully this year there won’t be too many entries for the Carrot Consortium awards. Then again, maybe she should just concentrate on resolution four: staying in the black. She sighs and shuts her notebook.
GP Geoff is tired of New Year resolutions. His patients never lose weight or stop smoking. From January 1 he plans to focus on his own wellbeing. As every medic knows, erectile problems are often a marker for heart disease or diabetes. These days his dick is as limp as a lettuce, so he’s obviously on borrowed time. Fuck it, that’s his resolution sorted. He’s going to write a will so his ex doesn’t get it all if he snuffs it.
Laure has money, looks and brains. Still she doesn’t feel beautiful inside, her home looks unloved, and there hasn’t been a man in her life for two years and three months (she doesn’t count Martin from the commercial property department). The resolutions are writing themselves:
- Find someone special
- Stop being so critical of myself
- Make flat more welcoming.
This may take a while. And a few more self-help books.
Karen has big plans for the coming year. She’s going to get out more. Find a job (one that fits in with term-times). Get her kids to stop fighting. Buy from more upmarket shops (isn’t there a new Oxfam in Stanmore?). Karen throws another Lego pirate into the box. And meet a nice man, of course.Sanjay has whittled his resolutions down to one. Beating cancer for another 12 months will do just fine.
If you want to know how it turns out, you can find out by reading One Night at the Jacaranda.
Have you made resolutions for 2014? I’d love to hear what they are.