Niagara Gazette


January 27, 2013

V. DAVIS: 'Failure season' leads to more fresh starts


Niagara Gazette — For those of you who spend your evenings complaining about the fair-weather runners taking up all of the good machines in the gym as they try (and eventually fail) to “get healthy” this year, take a few deep breaths. These people are trying, and remember that life is like a dance floor, no one is judging you as long as you give your all.

Eventually these people will tire themselves out and again, much like on the dance floor, they’ll retire to the (smoothie) bar and eventually go home. Once that happens you can revel in how perfect you are and have no need to change. If I’m remembering the lesson of “Remember the Titans” correctly, we’re not supposed to let the ignorance of others affect our own quests for greatness. In this case the ignorance is related to proper gym etiquette and technique instead of racism, but the heart of the message is the same.

So much of the appeal of the New Year is attached to the idea of fresh starts, the feeling that with the purchase of a new calendar we are buying a fresh start on our lives. “Don’t you smoke cigarettes?” No, that was the 2012 you; the 2013 you is into yoga. When it comes down to it, a new calendar is still just a calendar, and the version of you that cleaned behind your refrigerator today is the same you that dropped a bagel behind it last year.

As we move forward we shouldn’t lose hope. While no one should try to reinvent the calendar there’s always an opportunity to make it a “puppies in hats” calendar and while it’s not a total reinvention it’s just a little better than the one we had before.

Vincent Davis II is a Cornell graduate, DJ, and market development specialist in the IT industry. He can be contacted at

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