Today our friends discuss New Year’s Resolutions. And make some. Sorta.
Millie: Hey, Boo! Any big plans for New Year’s Eve?
Boo: You mean New Year’s Rockin’ Eve?
Millie: Ha ha. Yeah. You don’t actually watch that show do you?
Boo: Nah. I don’t. Everyone looks so cold in Times Square and the lip-synching is always a little too obvious. It doesn’t get me in that authentic, reflective state of mind.
Millie: Do you really need it to be a certain date to get in that state of mind anyway?
Boo: I don’t know. I guess I grew up making New Year’s resolutions. I used to write them in my diary when I was a teenager.
Millie: You mean your journal?
Boo: You say tomaaato, I say tamahto.
Millie: Ok, fine, your diary. But the resolution thing? I mean, c’mon. Shouldn’t you always be setting goals and trying to reach them?
Boo: Oooh. Spoken like an excellent sheep. I don’t know, to me, there’s something about the marking of time that does make me want to reflect and think about how I might do better for myself or people I love in the coming year. Is that really so weird to you?
Millie: No. It’s not. It’s just that I get so annoyed by what I see on social media. “New Year, New Me.” And it’s always just an excuse for someone to show off their cute haircut or some holiday gift swag they got. It just feels like another way to get shallow attention.
Boo: That’s fair—but can’t you grant me that maybe I’m not thinking about my social media presence here. For me, it’s internal. More like a birthday wish when I blow out the candles. I’m not telling everybody about it, I’m just doing it for myself.
Millie: Sure, I can see that. I still think that’s more a way of life for me than a once-a-year deal anyway. Not trying to rain on your resolution parade, though. If it works for you, that’s cool.
Boo: So, I’m free to move about the cabin?
Millie: Go for it.
Boo: Thanks for that. Ok. This year, I really want to go outside more. I want to appreciate the natural world with new eyes. And then I want to figure out how to take meaningful actions towards reversing environmental degradation.
Millie: Hey, go big or go home. Not like I’m gonna argue with that. Just carry it through the whole year, yeah?
Boo: That’s the plan. Now that you see I’m not just showing off my new bangs why don’t you throw one down?
Millie: Ok, ok. I’m going to read and write every day.
Boo: Nice. A novel or what?
Millie: I don’t know! Haven’t I planned ahead and stretched enough?
At Amava, we believe that age does not define us. We favor actual interactions and honest relationships over clichés like the one about Millennials and Baby Boomers being at odds, at cultural loggerheads or at war. In real life, Millie & Boo are at the café enjoying one another’s company. The Millennial and Boomer (get it?) are two friends having conversations about things that matter—work, social issues, money, relationships, travel and more. They were nice enough to write some of it down for us so you can be entertained and perhaps enlightened by their sharing and comparing. We hope it inspires you to start conversations of your own.