We are constantly growing or changing. It is such a ubiquitous occurrence that there is even a cliche saying “the only constant is change”. It is said that every seven years every cell in our body is replaced, and the reason octogenarians have such large ears and noses is because those parts of our body never stop growing. Some changes are marked in gained inches and lost teeth, some are marked in life milestones. But without fail, each of us tries to change ourselves around the beginning of the new year. We make resolutions like “I won’t eat junk food at all”, or “I’ll read one book every month”. Sometimes these resolutions stick and sometimes they don’t, but for better or worse, we make them.
I set out on the streets of Lyons to see what kind of New Year’s resolutions had been made by locals, and found nine people who had a few minutes to be interviewed.
I came upon Gail Frankfort of the Lyons Community Foundation loading her car with groceries. She didn’t have much time for an interview but when asked what her New Year’s resolution was, she smiled with exasperation, and laughed. Shaking her head, she said “Just survive!”
Heading west on Main Street, I ran into Phyllis O’Rourke. She said that she did not have a resolution this year, but rather a theme, and that being “restoration.” O’Rourke says “a theme is different from a resolution in that, you pick a word that resonates for you.” After picking hers, she noticed that President-elect Biden was using the term restoration in several speeches and announcements. She then decided to keep looking for it in the world. Now, whenever she hears someone use the word, she documents the occurrence in her journal. She is applying the theme to herself by engaging in self-care. “I just got a physical, I am getting vaccinated against COVID-19, and I take a walk every morning at the Labyrinth.”
Marisha Hoag was grabbing a quick lunch in front of the St. Vrain Market, Deli & Bakery, (StVM) when she was asked about her New Year’s resolution. Hoag said it is “just to slow down and enjoy things a little bit more, since I’m usually very focused on the future…” Hoag just adopted a two-month old puppy, named Mochi, who is forcing her to make good on her resolution to be more present. “Having to take care of her day-to-day makes me stay in the present, playing with her, taking her out when she needs to go. I’m very focused just on having fun with her right now and that’s been really beneficial.”
Later I spoke with Carol Lee at StVM, who didn’t have just one, but had three New Year’s resolutions. Lee’s first resolution is “peace in my own self.” She came to this resolution because she “needed more peace in her life and couldn’t do anything about anybody else.” While Lee says she finds it hard to keep her resolution on inner peace 24/7, she finds there are certain activities that help her maintain it. “Getting outside is crucial every day for inner peace, getting out for a walk, and baths.”==Lee’s second resolution is to “turn the world into a fairy forest.” Whenever her dog brings home sticks, she takes them, wraps them in fairy lights (those soft glowing yellow Christmas lights from our childhood), and puts them in the trees. “They’re all from the flood, they’re all confluence sticks.”==Her third resolution is to have more music in her life. To listen to everything she can and share it with everyone she meets.
I caught up with Brian Bradley just down from the post office. While he didn’t have much time for an interview, he said his New Year’s resolution is “to rise from the ashes, literally.” Brian owned Brian Bradley Fine Arts that was located at the intersection of Highways 36 and 66, just outside of town. Last fall, it had a major fire, and he had to close his business. We wish him well.
While I was able to find a few people with New Year’s resolutions, there were far more people without them. The one thing that united everyone I spoke to was the fact that the current state of affairs is what spurned them to either have or not have a resolution.
~~~ All Photographs are by Rebecca Batson~~~