Happy 2009, may it be your best year yet!
* actually, New Year’s is my least favourite holiday. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not against fireworks, traditions or community celebrations. I like all of them. But it’s the underlying threat of drunken violence on a Sydney New Years Eve that gets to me. And the Summer heat. Apparently most people behaved themselves this year, good.
So how did I spend New Year’s? Like always, in a long queue of people, straining to catch a glimpse of some distant event. But this time, I was at Asakusa. My sorta/ kinda/ gaijin-style hatsumode, the first temple/shrine visit of the year.
And, yes, like many people in my neighbourhood, I have two pine trees outside my door, with paper decorations. Even work vehicles are decorated. And police stations, convenience stores, tyre shops. New Year’s is big in Japan. I rather like it, especially the patient but quietly hopeful feeling of the crowd last night.
Sure, like everyone, I’ve been thinking about my year … last one, next one. I’m not really into resolutions, more continuous improvement (!) And I agree with Pip, I’m rather against the whole publicising your wishlist, then beating yourself up (publicly) for not achieving the measurably perfect life, all in one year. That said, I’d like to be a bit more organised this year … see if planning and preparing in advance doesn’t save time in the long run. And make sure I put my time into whats important to me, to my family. Be smarter about time, generally. I’ll see how I go ; )
* not really a new blog for a new year. But a new direction, focus and lotsa new content planned … stay tuned. I’ll be filling out the archives a bit throughout the day … 4am bedtime (trains) permitting 😉