New Year's resolutions
The thing I hate most about the New Year are New Year's resolutions. Most of them are a big failure anyway and we might as well start to change ourselves at any random moment. Though, I want myself to remember one thing during 2014, a thing that I will explain by telling an anecdote about myself biking towards my home at 12pm, a few weeks ago.
Everywhere around me I saw silhouettes of farms and trees. A light flashed at the horizon, again and again. Most people don't notice it, so almost nobody knows what it is.
This would be the right moment to make up a story. It's an alien fortress, floating in the skies above Groningen. Its inhabitants are trying to take over planet earth. No. It's not. There's no mysterious spaceship or magic happening. It is just the lighthouse of Schiermonnikoog, a beacon to guide ships away from the dangerous areas of the Wadden Sea.
Since I became a member of the Coverboard, I have been extremely obsessed with lighthouses. Therefore, that vague, flashing light at the horizon made me think about the first months of the reign of the 22nd Coverboard. After a few intensive weeks of starting up, we were getting used to everything. The first things we wanted to change had become visible and we had even held our first General Assembly. Then it was time to move forward, to make our plans become reality.
Suddenly, a bright light appeared in the dark night. A car was coming towards me. It's bright headlights were blinding me. I couldn't see anything and it took me a while to restore and go on. Light is amazing. It can be used to send messages and to guide others, but it can also be misused to distract people and blind them.
I don't have any New Years resolutions, but I just want you and myself to remember: try to reach your goals and don't get blinded by anything that hits you in the face.