New Year’s Resolutions
I like New Year’s Eve because I can reflect on what has happened in my life over the past year as well as what has happened to others I care about, know or perhaps just read about in some juicy gossip magazine from the supermarket checkout line. One thought that always manages to cheer me is that whatever bad things have happened in my life over the past year, someone else has had it worse. So to those new ESL teachers who are thinking, “What the hell have I done?” Cheer up. There are those of us who have been doing this for a lot longer. And to those veteran teachers out there just remember what it was like when you first started teaching and the complete disoriented feeling you couldn’t douse with alcohol, though try you did. Cheer up! At least you’re not a newbie anymore. And there is always something you can change about yourself to make not only teaching, but also living in a foreign country a more enjoyable experience for yourself. Go explore a mountain or drink Sake for the first time. Get out of the house more and travel. Or perhaps say no to the fifth bar at the end of the night. These are all good ideas (careful with the Sake). So whatever you decide, we here at ESL Daily support you in your commitment to change because no matter how good the kids are some days and no matter how fine the weather may be on a Saturday, this is not an easy job. But for those of you considering Underwater Arc Welding as you sip champagne this New Year’s Eve, just try a making a resolution first.
As you read this list of resolutions, we here at ESL Daily hope they give you pause to reflect on your own life and the many changes you will make in the coming year. Please feel free to add any resolutions to this list in the comments section below the article.
And Happy New Years from everyone at ESL Daily!
1. I will think more about the Earth this year, because thinking of sick people always seems to work (I’m not a hundred percent sure) so I’m going to throw some positive energy out there for Mother Nature and hope things turn out alright. (I want to give a shout out to Korea’s oil spill here).
2. I will pray for Al Gore to stop opening every speech with “We have an inconvenient truth . . .”
3. I will abstain from clear alcohols.
4. I will stop swearing under my breath in the classroom.
5. I will not give out my phone number at the bar.
6. I will learn more Korean (not really, but I just know this is a good idea).
7. I will actually read the books I buy and not just try to look like some old University drop out hippie who thinks it’s cool to read Freud for leisure.
8. I will stop relying on Yahoo! News for all my information on the rest of the world.
9. I will only watch three movies a week, maybe four, tops.
10. I will stop laughing at horror films and the many inventive ways they imagine people dying.
11. I will not cry the next time Will Smith dies in a movie, I swear.
12. I will stop trying to find porn on YouTube as it is equal to drooling over the Sears catalogue. (Anyone remember Fall ’98?).
13. I will continue to download as much music and as many movies as I can from Korea’s super cheap and super fast Internet.
14. I will work harder on remembering people’s names
15. I will pray people start forgetting my name so I don’t have to commitment to #14.
16. I will find a new hobby that does not involve money or alcohol.
17. I will become more interested in the culture of my host country.
18. I will not eat pork more than once a week.
19. I will cook for myself at least twice a month (This will be tough).
20. Oh yeah, I will stop smoking and drinking. LOL!
HAPPY NEW YEAR!