You bought a pack of cigarettes on January 2, took one look at the treadmill queue on January 3 and haven’t returned to gym since, you thought negative thoughts, you coveted your neighbour’s wife, you ate carbs after 7pm for the last four days, you blogcrastinated on company time, you still haven’t smsed/emailed your best friend from high school, you’re still on facebook and just added your 256th food fight application, you’re not reading more or eating less, you still fall asleep in front of the TV and wake up after four snooze cycles, you’re not any more self-actualised than you were on December 31st last year.

But hey, yesterday (or today, so much for ummah unity) marks (-ed) the first day of the Islamic new year 1429. Resolution re-run.

And if you still stuff up, there’s Chinese new year on February 7, Hola Mohalla on March 14, Nowruz around March 20, Bahai­ new year on March 21, Balinese new year on March 30, Assyrian new year on April 1, Punjabi new year on April 13, Thai, Nepali, Bengali, Tamil and Cambodian new year around mid-April, Rosh Hashanah after sunset on October 29 and Gujarati new year on October 29.

Here’s to personal progress.