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Planning to start planning

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Another year is swiftly coming to an end and many of us will find ourselves engaging in the annual ritual of making New Year resolutions, or whatever they may choose to call it. Me? I have never been attracted by this custom or tradition, which I think is a waste of time and mental energy, because how many people really carry through on their pledges to do this or don’t do that? I don’t know if any survey has ever been done to ascertain the percentage of those who remain true to their promise to do certain things in the next 365 days.


Apart from my being a procrastinator to the bone, I was never a planning person, so making new year resolutions is automatically off my to-do list, even though I have annoyed many people who just cannot stand or understand why I bluntly refuse to plan even how I intend to spend my day. It is the conventional wisdom that to succeed in life one has to plan and plan and continue to plan until you succeed—or fail—to achieve your goals.


At age 66, I don’t think that at this time in my life I can change that trait, which has so far been extremely good for me, even though there is this old maxim about how it is better to try and fail, rather than fail to try, which also comes under the heading of planning in my book.


I never planned to become a journalist and joining the ranks of the Fourth Estate was quite by accident, which I will now relate: in 1963 while working as a law clerk with attorney John Tyson, in San Fernando, I was walking along Harris Promenade when I came upon Noel John, who was a reporter with the Guardian in San Fernando.


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