This year January 1 turned out to be quite a different January 1. It wasn’t spent the usual way most people spend this day, but then I guess that’s why our family’s different. I’d rather not elaborate on the reasons why our New Year’s Day ended up the way it did, but all I can say is that these are reasons too personal for anyone else to know besides me and my family. Yet if there’s one thing that did come out from that out-of-body experience that involved Nutella, Coke and a whole lot of Ice Cream, it’s this: the New Year isn’t always as new as we think. We celebrate with fireworks and lights and kissing every January 1 when all we’re really doing is celebrating an astronomic progression, something that is scientifically meant to happen. We may encourage ourselves to make all these resolutions, promising that we’ll change for the better but do we? No. It’s all just a matter of going with the flow and fitting in because we don’t want to be the one that didn’t make any resolutions, we don’t want to be the people who ended up being the same person that they were the year before. What we clearly don’t realize is the fact that we don’t need all these resolutions right in front of us, just so we’ll become better. It’s all a matter of actions speak louder than words. We just need to move forward for the better and realize that with every new year comes that elusive chance to change oneself for the next twelve months. But of course, the need for resolutions can sometimes be inevitable for some. They need a concrete list of things to change in themselves. The problem is most people hardly even mind that list by the middle of the year because they become so busy with the things in their lives they forget about all the promises they made. Sometimes the first month of the year may not even be over and here they are, already breaking the promise not to binge on Coke or act so bitchy all the time. Basically, all people need to do when January 1 comes is to act and to be the change that they want to see happen. As Mahatma Gandi said, “Be the change that you want to see in the world”. Hopefully, there will be even a small number of people that will live out the belief in making 2012 ‘ a year rife with solutions, not a year of unfulfilled resolutions’.