Thirteen is kind of an interesting number. The number marks a lot of endings, which is always the beginning of something else. Shall we take a brief tour of the Number Thirteen on the first day of 2013?
There were 13 attendees of the Last Supper.
13 is the last number in the Mayan calendar cycle.
A woman gets her period 13 times a year. (on Average
The assassination order for the Knights Templar was issued on Friday 13 October 1307
The Death card is the 13th card in the Tarot Deck.
The US Flag has 13 stripes.
Triskaidekaphobia is the fear of the number 13.
Zeus is the thirteenth Greek God.
13 turns make a traditional hangman’s noose. Anything less would not snap a neck.
Traditionally, there are 13 witches in a coven.
Lil Sis turned 13 on Friday the 13th.
I’m sure if we dug around we’d find oodles of other 13 references so send ’em to me in the comments!
So ya know, it’s like New Year’s Day and whatnot. Every good heath and fitness writer is out there pumping out content about New Year’s resolutions and what have you – How to make a resolution, how to stick to it, why they are important, why they are nonsense, “what’s your resolution and OMG lets get out our pom poms and cheer because we’re going to be pumped up about losingweightquittingsmokingcleaninghouseandalltheothernewyearresolutiontypestuff until I encounter the first real hurdle and then I’m screwed and will be right back where I started.”
I almost feel like I’m letting the world down because I’m not doing that. It’s really hard for me to get excited about Jan 1 as an arbitrary starting date for changing your life. If you think about it, Jan 1 is a really crappy day to start anything. Most of the world is hung over, tired, grouchy and left, if you’re very lucky, cleaning up after one heck of a party. Do you really want to be out there starting Couch to 5K or some other nonsense? Really, I did that last year and yes, I threw up.
Another weird thing about this whole New Years resolution phenomena is that the promises people often makes to themselves are a reaction to something negative. “I think I’m fat, so I’m going to resolve to lose weight”, “I’m afraid for my heath so I’m going resolve to quit smoking”. Resolutions are always a reaction to your past and are never a truly new creating. Almost never do you “resolve” to do something just because you want to for no good reason other than you want to. “Resolve” does mean to “settle or find a solution to a problem”. Just sayin’.
So I’m not resolving to do anything in 2013. I’m not fixing any problems, I’m not changing anything. There are some things I want to do for shits and giggles, as it were, not because it’s going to better my life (though it might), not because it will fix something that’s wrong, but purely because I want to. Some of them, I will admit have a hidden personal meaning for me, that if I did it, would be a victory. Some are things that might very well be impossible, but as we know, that’s just a typo…
13 Things I want to do in 2013
1. Lose 50 lb
2. Run a marathon
3. Publish knitting pattern
4. Hire an employee
5. Go on a vacation
6. Get a book deal
7. Get 5000 visitors a month on both my sites
9. Take a Pottery class
10. Go on a real date
11. buy a car
12. make croissants the old fashioned way
13. fall madly crazy stupid in love