Pledges not for everyone
IT IS time to make your New Year's resolution. The Observer hit the streets to find out what Gladstone had in mind for its personal 2012 goals. It turned out most people don't even believe in the concept.
Daniel Fastleband, Mick Mannion and Kerry Akers all said they didn't believe in making New Year's resolutions, because they are too easily forgotten and, therefore, broken.
Danny Nott agreed with them. He said if somebody felt seriously about making a change in their lives, why wait for New Year's Day?
Brian Whitechurch said he was "too old" for New Year's resolutions. His wife Marjie said she had no more vices she was willing to give up.
Others were more open to the concept. Ian Rabsy said he would set himself the same resolution as every other year - to get fit. He also said he broke his resolution every year, and didn't expect 2012 to be any different.
Tony Goodwin had a simple approach to 2012: "I've had a couple of good years, so (my resolution is) just to keep playing plenty of bowls."
Sharun Shah has an unusual resolution. He wants to finish work on the boat he has been refitting. Yasmin Shan said she would like to spend 2012 improving the lives other people.
Stressing less and enjoying life more is the resolution Jess Akers has set herself.
The award for most inspiring New Year's resolution goes to Keith Midgley: "I've decided to live for another 300 years. That's my resolution."