I've had two resolutions in my life that literally stood out head and shoulders above everything else. One dealt with shorthand, and the other, aerobics....
I was in my late twenties, a Typist in the government, when I suddenly realised that unless I did something about that, I would be stuck as a Typist - the lowest typing rung imaginable - forever. In those days, one could only advance up the typing scale if one had shorthand abilities. I did not know shorthand.
So, I bought some books and studied at home, right from scratch. Every night, for over a year, after tea, I sat in the lounge with a tape recorder, a text book, and a shorthand notepad.
It's impossible to describe the joy I felt when I passed my shorthand exam.. A friend swore that when I jumped up in excitement, with pass mark in hand, that my head hit the ceiling. Something about adrenalin, I guess.
Three weeks after I passed, the government rules were relaxed and non shorthand-typists could advance up the scale! Still, I will never forget the triumph I felt by passing that exam.
My second triumph was when, in my forties, I got my Aerobic Instructors' Certificate. Wow! I only wanted it to write my own programmes, not actually teach a class - though I did run a few classes at work. Receiving that certificate was just as exciting as when I passed my shorthand exam.
I wonder about other people's favourite resolutions?? Were they achieved?
Oh, below is another pic of Waiheke Island. You can see the ferry, leaving Matiatia for Auckland, with a wake behind it.