As with every new year, we find ourselves drafting lists of resolutions. Eat healthier. Wake up early. Finish that novel. Run. Get to know that person. Keep your room clean. Practice daily. We all know these resolutions and, more likely than not, we’ve all broken them. Every year it seems we make the same sort of resolutions and the disappointing pattern becomes- well- dull. Perhaps it is time we made some different resolutions and, since, coming up with them can be a struggle, I’ve managed to poll our favorite literary characters for input. (How, you ask? Well I have all of these characters on speed-dial, clearly.) Maybe this year is the year to make a resolution inspired by the wisdom of literary legends, and- who knows?- maybe this will be the year where you’ll finally keep your resolution to the end!
“What is your top New Year’s Resolution?” as answered by our favorite literary characters:
“Kindred spirits are not so scarce as I used to think. It’s splendid to find out there are so many of them in the world.” –Anne of Green Gables
Anne Shirley: Cherish dear friends and make new ones.
“There is a stubbornness in me that can never bear to be frightened at the will of others. My courage always rises above any attempt to intimidate me.” –Pride and Prejudice
Elizabeth Bennet: Be less concerned with the opinions of others.
“In vain I have struggled. It will not do. My feelings will not be repressed. I must tell you how ardently I admire and love you.” –Pride and Prejudice
Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy: Share feelings honestly and respectfully.
“My mind…rebels at stagnation. Give me problems, give me work, give me the most abstruse cryptogram or the most intricate analysis…I crave for mental exaltation.” –Sherlock Holmes: The Sign of the Four
Sherlock Holmes: Be ever curious and value opportunities to learn.
“Courage is knowing you’re licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what.” –To Kill a Mockingbird
Atticus Finch: Persevere despite all challenges.
“Tomorrow is another day.” –Gone with the Wind
Scarlett O’Hara: Don’t dwell on the failures of the day; tomorrow brings another chance.
“I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.” –Jane Eyre
Jane Eyre: Appreciate freedom and enjoy independence.
“Sorry! I don’t want any adventures, thank you. Not today. Good morning! But please come to tea- any time you like! Why not tomorrow? Good bye!” –The Hobbit
Bilbo Baggins: Be more open to adventures.
“My principal sin is doubt. I doubt everything, and am in doubt most of the time.” –Anna Karenina
Konstantin Levin: Let go of self-doubt.
What’s my resolution? My answer is “all of the above.” Happy New Year everyone! Let’s make this an exciting chapter in our lives!