I think I say every year that I’m not much for New Year’s resolutions, after which I, well, I go ahead and resolve.
That’s not much of a tradition, but why not go with it?
So, I’m not much for New Year’s resolutions, but it wouldn’t be the worst thing to be less afraid.
Fear as fog—yes, that sounds about right. I like fog, like how it makes things both close and far away, intimate and alienated all at the same time, but I’d rather keep it off my mind.
Less fear, then. And more kindness.
I wrestle with the whole sharp edges/soft hands approach to life and have tended to valorize critique over gentleness, but there are moments in which it is less important to be right than to be there.
There is more work, of course, but perhaps I should start with these two, and see how it goes.
Have a peaceful New Year, whether and whatever you resolve.
(Video: Albert Brooks and Rip Torn, Defending Your Life)