I love to make lists so naturally it follows that every year I make a list of new year's resolutions. In addition to the usual ones like eat better, move more, go to sleep earlier (this one should be at the top of my list), pay off that credit card, I normally will add something like practice your Italian, call instead of emailing people, don't take so many taxis, write and photograph something everyday, or get out of the city more often.
At the end of the day, the list is usually long and not at all realistic, a reason why so many people scoff at coming up with resolutions in the first place. They will say, "Why bother? No one ever sticks to them." And while that may be true in most cases, I still believe in them. A new year marks a change, a farewell to the old and a welcoming of the new. When that clock strikes twelve, you have no idea how the new year will turn out. It is, in a way, a blank canvas. So why not dream big and make grand plans to improve your life? Even if you don't adhere to everything on your list, at least give it a shot. You never know which ones might just stick.