Do people still make new year’s resolutions? I gave up in 2020, which incidentally was when the world decided to give up as well.
Since then, making plans has felt too much like tempting fate, so now I start the year by hiding under the duvet, watching old episodes of The Office and waiting for the next terrible thing to happen. It’s not a great hobby, admittedly, but it’s better than making overnight oats.
While I’m still not feeling optimistic enough for any radical self-improvement this month, I still have the capacity to imagine a world where we can all have more fun and enjoy life, rather than feeling like we’re in one of Elon Musk’s doomed self-driving cars, trundling off the edge of sanity.
So as we tentatively step into 2023, wondering what delights it will bring (war, pestilence, draft excluder TikTok?) this is what I’m hoping to watch this year:
Season three of The White Lotus
I know this isn’t original, but I didn’t know I could love a TV show quite as much as I loved The White Lotus. You think everything’s been done, and then along comes that theme tune, which sounds like a deranged dance party inside a coconut. Then Jennifer Coolidge rocks up in a Dolce and Gabbana wrap dress, sipping a glass of champagne and walking as if she’s just sat on a cactus, and you realise that the world is still capable of delivering good things.
I think season three should be set in the Maldives, with the return of Greg, who sets his sights on a rich widow played by Catherine O’Hara. But really, I don’t care who is in it or what it’s about. JUST. GET. IT. MADE.