As the first day of the new year has almost ended, I feel the urge akin to duty to make a new year’s resolution. There’s not much but high hopes for low heaven, with a reasonable scope of expectation and humble measurement of happiness. And since none other writers know about the depth and breadth of humanity than Shakespeare, I deem it fit to match his quotes with the contexts of what I have resolved to make this year of Rabbit fruitful and blissful.
- Be Not Afraid of Challenges
‘This is a step on which I must fall down, or else o’erleap. For in my way it lies.’ – Macbeth
- Don’t be easily crestfallen
‘There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.’ – Hamlet
- Read More, Write More, No Matter What
‘We know what we are, but we know not what we may be.’ – Hamlet
- Keep it simple with humor
‘I was born to speak all mirth and no matter.’ – Much Ado About Nothing
- Let not a curse be my light purse
‘I say, put money in thy purse.’ – Othello
- Be vigilant at all times
‘Love all, do wrong to none, trust a few.’ – All’s well that Ends Well.
- Overcome existential malaise
‘Then I defy you, stars!’ – Romeo and Juliet
Nobody says life is easy, and we know it to the point that such a saying has become a cliche. But life itself shouldn’t be and is not because we are such stuff made of spirit, fire, and dew, harvesting sunlight and starlight. Now that I have listed my New Year’s resolutions as above, I feel fresh of spirit charged with new energy like the Energizer bunny to keep going in my life, even if perils will lie ahead. But in the meantime, let me be that I am who I am as I write this post in my tiny room with my two cats, Toro and Camille, and seek not to alter this moment of simple pleasure.