Wednesday, January 02, 2008

I'm Back!





Happy New Year, everyone. It's 2008, and it’s time to get down to business. I've taken the liberty of making a list of resolutions we all should adopt . . .

1. Become dangerous—if you aren't already. Take kickboxing lessons. (That’s my plan.) Learn how to throw a mean right hook. (But please don't practice on other people.) Not the physical type? Then master the art of persuasion. Never go looking for trouble—just make sure you're ready if it finds you.

2. Be someone else at least once a month. Craft an alias and a disguise to match. Then go out and experience the world as another person. You’ll learn a lot about your fellow human beings—and maybe even find out what your sister does with her free time.

3. Explore the unknown. I'm not suggesting that you pack your bags and leave the continent. In fact the closer you stay to home, the better. I promise you'll be shocked by how much you've overlooked. In 2008, I'm going to make a list of all the places I've never visited inside New York City, and every weekend I intend to see something I’ve never seen before.

4. Face a fear. At some point this year, I plan to see a whale up close. Why? Because I, like many people, secretly fear that I will one day be eaten by something much larger than myself. Eventually I would love to swim with the sharks, but I think I’ll leave that for 2009.

5. Do something courageous. Write a petition. Protect an innocent person. Take a stand in 2008, and you’ll remember it with pride your entire life.

6. Make something with your own hands. It doesn't matter if it's a sculpture, a door alarm, or a pair of socks.

7. Stay tuned for more weird stuff on Ananka’s Diary!

23 Comments:

Blogger International Mastermind said...

oh, those ones are good! I promise I will!

(Tomorrow I will be tailing the awesome dude with a mohawk!!!)

5:22 PM  
Anonymous ananka said...

I, too, admire men with mohawks. Good luck (and be careful).

5:26 PM  
Blogger John H. said...

I'll take #.2

5:51 PM  
Blogger John H. said...

I'll take #.1

5:52 PM  
Blogger Kitty said...

WHOO!! WELCOME BACK ANANKA!!!!!!! O^-^O Happy New Years!!

5:53 PM  
Blogger Rose Dawson said...

Yay you posted something I'm so excited! Over break i found your blog after reading the empress's tomb and love it to death! I annoy all my friends with random fact all the time hehehhehe

6:35 PM  
Anonymous Raph said...

I love them all! ^^ I'll definitely do 1, 2 and 7. And certainly think about the others. xD

7:10 PM  
Anonymous Kad said...

I will try to do number 4. I have tons of fears and i get all freaked out over everything i worry about and fear. So i will try it.

7:41 PM  
Anonymous Jin AI said...

Wonderful-I'm definitely trying these!

9:02 PM  
Blogger Spring said...

Happy new year!

John's "taking #2", does that mean he's gonna find out what I do in my spare time? So THATS why he's been following me! *JK*

I like #2, #3, #6 (I'm going to attempt to knit socks!) and #7. DEFINITELY #7.

9:03 PM  
Anonymous udon'tneed2knowmyname said...

i'll take number one. and try to adopt more later. hey, i got a whole year. So rose dawson, what's ur story? As you begin to leave more comments and read others, you will discover i'm the mysterious annoying one! Sarcasm is my specialty. Did i leave out any other evident characteristics, guys?
Also, ananka, my friends had a ghost encounter the other day. mystery mystery...

9:22 PM  
Anonymous SAME ANANYMOUS said...

YOUR ALIVE!!!!!!!!! those are some cool resalotions

7:31 AM  
Anonymous ananka said...

UDN2KMN: Hmm, let's see . . . gregarious, gutsy, and strange (in a good way, of course).

2:22 PM  
Blogger John H. said...

spring, i did two on accident. Ow! stop pinching me on the neck

2:33 PM  
Anonymous udon't need2knowmyname said...

Yes, my minions(i think i spelled that wrong) I'm alive! And ananka, thank you for pointing out those characteristics that i would have otherwise left out. I really feel loved now. Thank you *sniff*
see there's that sarcasm again:P

3:10 PM  
Anonymous rage said...

#2 #7! Of course!

3:34 PM  
Anonymous Jin Ai said...

by the way-if you do stick to number 2, do you mind posting a picture of yourself and what you've discovered? This one particularly attracts me...maybe you'll become good enough that you can impersonate (and spy on!) people you know!

3:59 PM  
Anonymous dangerous said...

ananka, you should definitly try to fool betty! good luck!

7:14 PM  
Anonymous Cupcakedoll said...

After reading Inside the Shadow City I resolved to learn how to pick locks-- but then I had second thoughts, I mean what if I was too tempted to use my powers for evil?! So I'm putting a delay on that resolution until I'm sure I could trust myself not to go burglarizing bookstores.

9:44 PM  
Anonymous Raph said...

Resolution #2 kinda reminds me of something I've been fascinated in for a while. :) Yep, here comes ANOTHER story.

The cosplay-zoku are a group of kids who live in suburban Tokyo, often bullied at school, who find release in secret aliases which they adopt every Saturday. Every weekend, members of the 'cosplay gang' meet at Harajuku, disguised in amazingly extravagant (and really, really strange) costumes, where they socialise, shop, primp and pose for the cameras. Who knows.. maybe they're tailing someone or are acting on a new year's resolution...
Talk about adopting a persona! But no, I'm not going to go cosplay. (And sorry, Jin Ai, that means no funky pictures of me in crazy fashions for you. xD)

Here are pictures of some members of the gang: http://www.just-photography.com/people/pic009.jpg

http://img.shopsafe.com/shop/picturestore_com_au/thumbs/goth_cosplayzoku_costume_play_gang_meji_jingu_bridge_harajuku_t_picturestore_com_au_sm.jpg

http://www.fantomas-ls.com/blog/wp-content/cosplayzoku2.jpg

Think of the people you'd meet dressed like THAT. xD

12:44 AM  
Anonymous Patsee said...

xD About half of those were already on my list. Unfortunately I probably would have to give up dance to take martial arts. Do you think tourjetes would hurt if you kicked someone in the chest?

2:18 PM  
Blogger International Mastermind said...

hey cupcakedoll- go to
http://imastermind.blogspot.com/2008/01/how-to-pick-lock.html

(it's on my blog!)

2:57 PM  
Anonymous ookamishinzui said...

I'll try to do all of them, esecially taking up martial arts,I have wanted to do martial arts for a while now.(I have decided on kung fu)and Anaka, I hope you had a good time doing whatever you were doing, welcome back!

4:36 PM  

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