Resolutions

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On New Year’s Eve, I tried to start a philosophical discussion about why people celebrate the end of the year. It is an event as firmly anchored in our culture as Christmas. Not one would ever consider blow off New Year’s. But why, I wondered and had no smart answer. If it was about new beginnings, we could celebrate each end of the month? We could celebrate the beginning of spring, summer, fall and winter properly? Maybe that would simply be too much celebrating which is why we settled on one day that works well also because we want to have a few more days off around Christmas.

If I had not celebrated the new year’s arrival and it had gone past me that we entered 2015, I would have noticed latest today at the gym class. Holy moley, the participants had tripled! And it was already crowded before that. You could almost smell the scent of New Year’s resolutions in there. I wonder how many will return next week. And the week after that.

My resolution then, you wonder? Well, 2013, my resolution was to watch more TV to get a better overview of Swedish popular culture. Last year, I vowed not eat any reindeer because I had made friends with a reindeer. This year, I decided I need to go out and party more. I noticed this when I had visitors who asked me where to go on the Reeperbahn or the Schanzenviertel. You cannot be under 30, live in Hamburg for months and go out once. But just like with those conventional resolutions, there is always an excuse: “I’m so tired”, “Tomorrow will be totally wasted if I go out now”, “It’s too late/too early” or “I have nothing to wear”. No more! I hereby commit to honing my German festive competences.

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