Quirky and bold resolutions

If you’re still grappling with what your resolutions should be, you can fish out a few ideas from these interesting folk.

What’s your New Year’s resolution for 2011? Emulate a famous fictional character, perhaps? Maybe preserve a collection of ceramic cats? How about being less angsty? Or summoning up the courage and sporting the bald look? From interesting to eccentric, this year, Lankans are stretching their imagination with their New Year resolutions.

Lasantha David (20) is a writer who, apart from making a sober decision to fix his guitar and practice playing it more often, plans to braid his beard like Captain Jack Sparrow from the movie series Pirates of the Caribbean.

“I’ve always thought it was wicked ever since I watched the movie back in school. So now that I have an uncontrollably growing manly beard, I thought what the heck, I’m so getting it done next year.’ One day down in 2011, he’s already begun trimming his beard to help it grow in a ‘braid- friendly’ manner.

While Lasantha has opted for change, Dinusha Chandrathilake (24), plans to preserve an old hobby that she’d let slack over the years. “I’m a total animal lover and love cats too. So somehow, whenever I get a gift. People give me something cat related, like uncles sending cat Halloween decorations from abroad, or this year’s Christmas, my sister gave me cat earrings!

So now, whenever there are exhibitions I always check out the ceramics section for cute cats. The local ceramic factories make lots of nice stuff to send abroad, you usually get Felix and other pop culture cat figures.

Even my mum has her quirky collection of tiny tea kettles from her teenage years, and it’s interesting how the styles changed from then to now. Then my uncle has his collection of pigs, piggy salt and pepper shakers, silver piggy paper weights and such. So I guess it’s a family thing. I’ve let collecting cat figures slack, so I’d like to continue it and at least pick up two unique pieces in 2011.”

Abeeth Nirmal (22), has a lengthy list of what he plans to do in 2011. Starting with the herculean task of tidying up of his desk, he also plans to sport the bald look this year. An excerpt from his list reveals, “get a badass computer with multiple cores, take up an interest in global affairs and news, buy a bicycle and finish Starcraft so that I can start on Warcraft.”

In the age in which social networking rules and an arsenal of emoticons are crucial in ensuring misinterpretations of what you type, Rushda Mohinudeen (21), would like to quit using the ‘-_-‘ smiley. “Well I kind of use “-_- “ a lot when I’m being all angsty. So I guess the whole point in not using it frequently as I do is to work on my initiative of being positive; all the time. As silly as it may seem it makes a huge difference and is rather hard to do if you get what I mean.”

Janith Leanage (20) an IT student has resolved to learn ‘Wijesekera’ which, he goes on to explain, has been the standard Sinhala keyboard layout for decades. He elaborates that the Wijesekera layout will help him blog in Sinhala. “Well, wanted to try out Sinhala blogging because the Sinhala blogosphere (Sinhala Blogging Union –(http://www.sinhalabloggers.com/) has a lot of exciting stuff going on and I wanted to be a part of that as well. They also seem to be much more informed of current developments than the English blogosphere in general,” he shares. “This has been on my wish-list for a good couple of years now. But 2011 could be the year I finally get down to it.”

Some inspiring, some quirky and some bold, new resolutions are certainly picking up in imagination. So think out of the box or summon up the courage and come up with some creative or different resolutions this year. Rooting for all those who shared their resolutions for the year, and to all our readers, the Mirror Magazine wishes you all the best in sticking with your New Year’s resolutions.

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