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Question of the Week: 74 - 1/7/2002

What is/was your 2002 New Year's resolution

Did you make a secular New Year's resolution? Have you made one before that you really kept? How about the one that you didn't? 'Fess up now! What was the most significant world event of 2001? How did it change YOUR world? What about a personal breakthrough or event? What do you hope for in 2002?

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This New Years, I Made A List Of About 10 Resolutions. Immediately... Jan 5th. at 8:54:01 pm EST

Margaret (Albuquerque, New Mexico US) Age: 20 - Email

This new years, I made a list of about 10 resolutions. Immediately following resolution #1: Quit Smoking, was resolution #2, Do Not Allow (the love of my life) to Have So Much Influence Over Me. what this really means to me is to stop allowing myself to continue to "go back" to this person who is obviously "not ready" for a commitment. so on new years eve, midnight chimes, and i am watching him drink from a bottle of champagne. i decide to kiss someone that is not him (**sigh**), and inadvertantly attract a new obsessive admirer. (he even asks me to spend the night with him. i was not drunk, and i had known him for about 4 hours. um, no...)i am feeling pretty darn good for myself, about how independant i am and how much i dont need him. well at about 3 that morning, he gets into a fight with his roommate and storms out of the house, upon his return he decides that this will be an excellent time for him to do a line of meth and vent to his friend about whatever nonsense he can think of. i end up falling asleep on a chair in his living room, only to be awakened two hours later to him telling me that he's sorry he has to leave me like this. confused, i ask him where he's going. Dammit, if i would just look around i would figure out what the heck he was talking about, he tells me. so i do, and see a bottle of rum, almost empty, and several empty pill containers around it. i know he didnt want to die, i think he just didnt really think that anyone understood how unhappy he was. well, he didnt die. he got away from me, and i found a friend who would know what to do. when he finally came back, he understood that he had done something stupid, and we tried to induce vomiting. after 2 more hours of this, he was passing out every 10 or so minutes so we had to take him to the hospital. they gave him fluids and blood tests and other tests. in the end, he has a new ulcer and 5 other "holes" in his esophagus. he has vowed never to drink again, or do any "hard drugs". as for me, i did not quit smoking that day. and i did not get away from him. (i did not even get any sleep or food for that matter until a full day into the new year!!) honestly, i dont know whether to be so elated that he is still here with me (because he is "so in love with me and owes me his life") or to be angry that he put both of us in that position. i am very torn, and i dont think i am going to make any new year's resolutions next year, they never seem to work out for me.

I Don't Make Resolutions Every Year, Just When I Feel The Need... Jan 6th. at 2:02:35 am EST

Bryony Ravenwillow (Kansas City, Missouri US) Age: 33

I don't make resolutions every year, just when I feel the need. This year I resolved to lose weight. I'm getting married in October, so I have motivation. I don't want my wedding dress to look like a tent, right? So, no more second helpings for me, lots more fruits and veggies, and less meat 'n' taters. I also would like to resolve the Mexican standoff with my mother, who doesn't approve of the fact that I'm marrying a divorced man and has said that she won't attend the wedding because of it. Nothing would make me happier than to have her at the wedding, but I hope I have the strength to accept the possibility of her being a no-show (religious tolerance is a two-way street, I keep telling myself). I also hope to discover an exercise program I will actually stick with. Quitting smoking will have to wait until next year, along with going back to school.
2001 was an odd year. On the one hand, I got engaged to a man I truly love, and I got more involved with the pagan community. On the other hand, there was the terrible tragedy of 9/11, and the impasse with my mother. A year of joy and sorrow like any other, though the ups and downs of the year seemed higher and lower than usual. Perhaps 2002 will be more level.
I wish everyone a happy, healthy, prosperous Gregorian calendar New Year!

I Resolve To Consider The Advise I Get From Any Source I've... Jan 6th. at 3:41:32 am EST

Cosmic Tribe (Redding, California US) Age: 20000 - Email

I resolve to consider the advise I get from any source I've respected and trusted enough to go to in the first place. I resolve to STAY on this diet, which is working!!! I resolve to see my son graduate from High School. One more year to flagging when I can see the finish line. I resolve to live more in the moment and embrace a "sufficient unto the day" mind set. I resolve to be brutally honest, but only with myself. I resolve to work on spotting when my Big Fat Ego is getting in the way of me being fair, and doing unto others as...I resolve to bless people unobtrusively. And, finally, I resolve NOT tell my friend he needs to take that stick out of butt, and stop being mad at me, no matter how stubborn and unreasonable I think he's being, and even though I really, really, really WANT to tell him that. Signed, Cosmic Tribe

Well, Seeing As How A Lot Of People Have Resolved To Diet... Jan 6th. at 4:29:21 pm EST

Silver Owl (Trophy Club, Texas US) Age: 14

Well, seeing as how a lot of people have resolved to diet and it hasn't worked- and I would never be able to diet anyhow- I have resolved to get fat. Why not? It's going to happen eventually, and I say it's better sooner than later. And hey! Most resolutions never actually work out. With a bit of bad luck, I will be thin and beautiful by the end of the year!

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