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By LIU Xiang, Jack (Jockey Club Academy Hall)

Three years ago, I came to Hong Kong to attend college. I have made New Year resolutions every year and the following are the items that have appeared on my list constantly. The red ones are things that I have never accomplished, the blue ones have been partially accomplished, and the green ones have been fully achieved.

Lose ten pounds
I have gained 10 pounds instead.


Work out everyday
If walking up the hill back to the hall from the main campus can be counted as work out, then I have achieved this one.

Go to bed before 1:30am and get up before 9:00am
This is probably the hardest thing to do and unsurprisingly it has not been achieved. But right now, since I have to work, I wake up every day at 8:00am, as if I had always been a morning person.

Greet others with a smile
I am still working on this one. It is not just a matter of behaviour but a matter of my personality. I always tend to think negatively, which results in my plain facial expressions. I know it might be hard to change one’s personality but at least after all these years I am aware of this and working on it. So this one is partially achieved.

Order my meals in Cantonese
Cantonese has always been in the way during my college life in Hong Kong. When I was a freshman, I could not finish a single sentence. The goal for Cantonese was not “to communicate in Cantonese” but just “to order my meal in Cantonese”, which sounds much simpler. The following year “order meal” turned into “chat” and “chat” turned into “give presentation”. Now I speak Cantonese at work and sometimes ask myself: “Hey, when did you start to speak a different language?”

Care for my family
I have tasted the feelings of homesickness. I realised the convenience of home when I started an independent life and I felt my responsibility for my family the moment I transferred half of my salary to my family. I put this on my resolution list, because I was afraid that I might drift apart from my family when I left for college. But the fact is that my heart can never be far away from my family.

I will not regret my 20XX!
I have regrets for almost every day and every month. But looking back over the past three years, I do not feel any sense of regret at all. I used to be afraid that some of the goals on my list could not be achieved. However, three years later, these things have stopped worrying me. To conclude with an overused saying, “You cannot lose what is meant to be yours”, but I want to add one condition: as long as it always appears in your New Year resolutions.