“New Year’s Day…now is the accepted time to make your regular annual good resolutions. Next week you can begin paving hell with them as usual.” – Mark Twain
As far back as the Babylonians, human beings have been making resolutions for the new year. The ancient Romans offered promises to the god Janus, for whom the month of January is named. We are one week into 2012 and already 88% of us have broken our new year’s resolutions. Statistically only 46% of us will keep our vows past the six month mark. Honestly, I’ll be lucky if my annual reforms survive until mid-February. I’ve decided that the problem doesn’t necessarily lie with the failure of the “resolution-maker” as much as it rests on the aspirations themselves; no one really wants to keep a promise designed to squish the fun out of life. It’s important to note that not all resolutions are created equal and therefore, it’s no wonder that travel is in the top five of the most popular items on everyone’s “bucket list” this year.
My Checklist to Paradise
Alright, so I am not the most adventurous traveler that ever lived. It’s true that my recent explorations have been confined to movements within the borders of a country shaped like footwear. I agree that it would be good for me to venture outside of my comfort zone – breaking free from the Umbrian ties that bind me. To this end, on the top of my “2012 Travel List” is “Make a pilgrimage to Sicily”.
Considering all the time I’ve spent in Italy these last 8 years, it’s shameful that I’ve never set foot on the island home of my ancestors or, for that matter, in the town of my grandfather’s birth. Situated approximately 75 kilometers from Palermo is the city of Corleone, Italy. Yes, that Corleone. You can see why I’ve been putting it off – it’s an intimidating proposition. Armed (no pun intended) with my documentation, photos of my Nonni and a list of Sicilian phraseology extracted from episodes of Commissario Montalbano, I plan to set out for the motherland and see who and what I discover. I mean, what’s the worst that can happen…? Boh.
“Life is what happens to you while you are busy making other plans.” — John Lennon
Before you know it, it will be 2013. Go ahead and declare you independence from the mundane and take a break from the humdrum. Pack your suitcase, grab your passport and head to the nearest airport. Open your aperture for a wider view, cast-off the ball and chain of responsibility and get your Marco Polo on. Listen to the advice of the winged goddess of Greek mythology Nike when she says to, “Just Do It”…tick tock, tick tock, tick tock…
This week Bootsnall is kicking off a new weekly event called the Indie Travel Challenge, that will last for all of 2012! Much like their 30 Days of Indie Travel project, Bootsnall invites bloggers from all over the world to participate. This week’s prompt: Resolutions.
by Toni DeBella