Yes, New Year is a time for looking forward but let us not forget that January is named for Janus, the Roman God of Doorways, who is shown looking BACK as well as forwards.
I was hoping that would turn into an image but it hasn’t. Ah well… anyway, in the true spirit of Janus, Mark (the English God of Geeks) last night made a New Year video in which he asked us to name one thing we were proud of, one thing we wanted to leave behind and one thing we wanted to accomplish. Mine were, in order, my Tomatoes pamphlet, this house and being properly published.
Last night was a quiet New Year’s Eve for us: we went to the Western for an hour or so where it was sizzlingly – though not uncomfortably – busy, with a log fire spluttering and giving off waves of cheery heat. I wanted to see the New Year in at home but since I’d woken before six and not managed a cat-nap, I’d had it well before eleven, so went to bed. I was woken at 12 by fireworks and cheering in the street, which I half-wished I felt like joining in – but I didn’t.
I don’t make New Year’s resolutions – mainly because I believe in changing your life at any moment, and particularly when it needs to be changed. Still, if you make resolutions I’d like to hear about them. What are you resolving to do? Or not to do? Is it about achieving a long-desired goal? Giving something up? Taking something up? Whatever it is, please comment below and then let me know how it works out for you.
Happy New Year!