Happy New Year! Thank you NYC Parks & Recreation!

I never make resolutions because I’m always already doing everything possible to be the best person I can be, and live the best life I can. Which is not to say there isn’t more I could do, but if I had it in me I’d be doing whatever it was already.

The best thing I did this year was start swimming. Of all the various forms of exercise I’ve tried in the past five years, swimming tops them all. I love that rush when you kick off from each side to start a lap, and then the wonderful, almost liberating feeling of flying through the water. There’s also the meditative sense of peace and happiness, which must be from the endorphins, but I’ve never gotten this from any other exercise. It’s the strongest when I’m doing the breast stroke.

Also, of all the things I’ve tried it gives the most complete full-body workout. You just feel like you’re working every muscle in your body, and it’s a great cardio workout. So thank you New York City for providing a pool I can afford!

I hope you all found something or someone to love in 2011, but if you didn’t, here’s to 2012. As I say to myself when I’ve had a disappointment (and I’ve had plenty in 2011) better luck next year!

I took this on Hudson Street last night in the early evening. It was so warm people could sit outside, as you can see.

Balloons on Hudson Street, New York City, New Year's Eve

Stacy Horn

I've written six non-fiction books, the most recent is Damnation Island: Poor, Sick, Mad, and Criminal in 19th-Century New York.

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