Of the seven deadly sins, sloth is perhaps the most troublesome to the majority of us. Lust might compel you to make poor decisions, gluttony may force you to let out your waistband, greed can lead to tunnel vision, wrath will harm you and the people around you, envy can consume you, and pride can stifle you, but sloth – the greatest repeat offender – will lead to nothing. Not the innocent kind of ‘nothing’ that answers the question “What’s wrong?”, but the vacuous ‘nothing’ which quietly withers away your life, hopes, and dreams, without you even noticing. Sloth is the silent assassin.
With that in mind, the new year is not merely an excuse for a party, but a frequently needed nudge to turn over a new leaf. I’m not subscribing to the ‘new year, new you’ mentality (especially as the likelihood is that you will wake up on January the 1st feeling like a much the worse for wear version of yourself) but I do think that a new year is a chance for a new outlook. 2013 was a bit of a tough ride for me, but, as everyone’s favourite kung-fu master and turtle, Oogway, would say: yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift – that is why it is called ‘the present’. And if 2013 taught me one thing it is that life is beautiful, even when it is hard.
So my resolution is to defeat sloth. To stop waiting for adventures and to go out and find them. To try new things, to make memories, and to feel alive rather than simply being so. To think happy.