As the magical turning over of time from one year to another arrives, everyone goes bonkers creating resolutions that they probably won't live up to and promises to themselves that they more than likely will not keep. However, let me just put all of my skepticism and pessimism aside for now and firstly wish a very happy new year to everyone out there. I really do hope that you will be among the committed that actually does fulfill their resolutions and meet their personal goals.
I used to be so gung-ho for goal setting every new year, often setting myself exhausting goals that I became completley OCD kooky about completing. And then one day I realised that I had mounted the crazy pony to nutter town with all of my intense goal setting bullshit, and that I was literally making myself miserable trying to get things done. So last new year, for the first time in many years, I just totally droppped it.
I didn't set myself any big goals, no resolutions.....nothing. That in itself was a massive achievement for me, because for many years I took a lot of pride in my ability to take on new things every year (even if it killed me). I have to say that dropping my self expectations may have been the best thing that I have ever done for myself. Without any pre-set goals for the year, I actually managed to get a shit load of 'self' work done, in my own time and as I wanted to. I transitioned into a space where I was actually living in the moment, taking on things as they presented themselves to me and going along at a pace that felt right at the time. Absolutely zen-ful stuff I tell you!
Without any mental prompting or agenda, I quit smoking this year. I haven't had a puff since May 2016, it's the longest non-pregnant non-smoking period of my life since I was 15 years old! I also took up yoga, which has been mentally and physically tranforming for me. I now practise daily and it has really helped to reduce my stress levels and to help me to accept the things that I cannot change.
There is really something to be said for being in the moment and letting go a little. My need to be in control has stifled an awful lot for me in the past, and even though it has taken me over forty years to realise that, I have finally arrived at a good place.
So, no resolutions or goals for me in 2017. Instead I have made a simple self promise to immerse myself completely in every moment, and to seek my own bliss in those moments.
Another year = 365 opportunites, and I don't want to miss any of them.
Release Date: 2007
Running Time: 93 mins
Mr Magorium, a toy impresario, a wonder aficionado and an avid shoe wearer runs the best toy emporium in town. His emporium is a magical place where everything, including the store itself, has a life of its own. Employee and musical genius Mahoney (Natalie Portman) is wracked with self doubt and frustration and when Henry Weston (Jason Bateman) the straight laced accountant arrives to check over the emporiums accounts, everything is thrown into chaos.
Perhaps it was the child in me that liked this movie so much, or maybe it was the lonely child character Eric that I identified with, whatever the reason, unlike hundreds of critics that hated this film, I adored it.
I thought that Portman was enchanting as Mahoney, and the story of Mr Magorium and his wonder emporium really hit a chord for me. This is a touching and beautiful fantasy movie for children, Dustin Hoffman does a great job of portraying the eccentric and kooky Mr Magorium who has lived for more than 200 years and owns a pet zebra. Mostly, a lot of what happens doesn't make sense, but it doesn't need to because it is the nonsense factor that makes this movie so great.
FINAL SAY: Your life is an occasion. Rise to it.
3.5 Chili Peppers