Every new year, the same pattern: for a couple of weeks, it is fashionable to say "Happy New Year" 50 times a day. And don't you dare forget the rules:
- do not forget anyone
- do not say it twice to the same person... it's rude!
- Smile... and mean it please...
- if you have an email address, type "Happy New Year" and click "send to all"
- if you have a cell phone,... ditto
How many of those "Happy New Year" do you really mean? I'm not talking about those said to your loved ones, or friends... I'm talking about those you say to other people: to your colleague who stabbed you in the back 1 week prior... To your neighbour who always rails at you because you wake him up with your shower at 7 a.m.... To the clerk at the post-office who closes his counter after you've been waiting for 10 minutes (or was it 15?)...
I've never liked hypocrisy but as most of you, I must play by these social rules. However, and I don't know why, I'm pretty unsociable this year. (Ahh... you've noticed too!)
So after having been asked 10 times today "what resolution did you make for 2012?" After answering 9 times: "None" and getting the "Really??? ... you're sure? "... I can now say that I have one for 2012: to stop being hypocritical.
And like all new years' resolutions, such as... to stop smoking or to do 10 push-ups every morning (what is "new" about those by the way?), mine will last 10 days at most.
And that's the fun about it, isn't it?