When Resolutions Become Revelations

So it's 2013 and as I try to figure out what my New Year's Resolutions should be, I started wondering if it should be more about what I've learned as opposed to what I'd like to change.

For me, 2012 was a challenging year, filled with uncertainty and at times, scary interludes. As a writer, I came across and wrote about stories that affected me emotionally: from the six year-old boy who was handcuffed, to the brave girl from Pakistan who was shot for daring to fight for education rights, to the shooting at Sandy Hook. Each one of these stories made me question the moral fiber of humanity or lack thereof. 

While there were no shortages of heartbreaking stories, there were stories of hope and kindness that shone through during Hurricane Sandy. The numerous out of state utility workers that took it upon themselves to help so many people affected by Hurricane Sandy give me hope that every person has goodness within themselves. 

As 2012 becomes a memory, I contemplate what this past year has been for me. I've had my share of good and bad days. I've had sadness and tears due to loss of family members as well as a pet, but I've also been blessed with celebrating life events like my daughter's Bat Mitzvah and having a great life filled with family and friends. In all, 2012 for me was filled with stories of mankind at their worst and best.

Do I have a list of resolutions for the New Year? Yes, only one: live each day as an adventure, with minimal regrets. To all who may read this, may you have an adventurous life ahead of you, because one never knows what lies ahead or how long we are meant to live our lives. That's my take on this, what's yours?


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