The last year of the first quarter of the century, of the millennium, has begun. If we look back at the year 2000, it's crazy to think everything that has happened: all the technology created, the art, the armed conflicts, the pandemic. Everything that humanity has experienced during these twenty-four years. Yet it seems like the blink of an eye. The curse of the relativity of time.

In the past, I used to list my new year's resolutions, but as I get older, and my perspective of life changes, I've learned to unbind my goals from the shortage of time. Don't get me wrong here, I still believe that it's good to set deadlines, to push ourselves to complete them, but this tends to produce, what we call in Project Management, “The Student Syndrome”. This syndrome occurs when we postpone an activity, because we know we have “plenty of time,” and we end up rushing to complete it during the last minute, just like we used to do as students. Instead of planning my resolutions like these big goals with a deadline, I prefer to observe them as tiny contributions in my daily habits. That way, I'm focusing only on ensuring that I complete a tiny portion of the goal. That every day, I push a little bit to get closer to that desired state.

And that's how I've transformed my new year resolutions into a continuous exercise of patience, persistence, and dedication. It's clear to me that I might not reach my destination today or tomorrow, but I'm certain that one day, one day, I'll be there.

Creatively speaking, this year, I'm continuing the goal I set for myself many years ago: complete telling Vandella's Story. I'm now working on the third installment of the series, aiming to complete the manuscript this year. And if the agendas of my editors align, maybe complete the copyediting and proofreading of the manuscript. As usual I'll keep you updated in my incoming blog posts about the development of my novel.

Additional to my novel writing, this year I'll be celebrating the tenth anniversary of my blog “Your Last Desire,” with the first post dating back to 2014. And considering this blog was the first medium in which I shared my prose with the world, I would like to celebrate this with something special. I'll be sharing the news with you about this, so please stay tuned!

Personally, my wish is to live this year 2024 more intensely. Enjoy the tiny details, complain less and be more grateful instead, travel more, meet new people and new places, discard toxic habits, identify what is really important to me, say “no” more often to what doesn't enrich me and “ yes” to what fulfills me as a person, and overall do all things in a more purposeful and meaningful way, so I can squeeze every second of this year. And not only for this year but for the rest of my life.

Y Tu? What are your plans for 2024?

M. Ch. Landa

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