I try not to make resolutions. Part of this is because everyone makes resolutions at the start of a new year, and I don’t want to be like everyone else. Except, not wanting to be like everyone else just makes you like everyone else, especially hipsters, so now, the only way to not be like everyone else is to want to be like everyone else and . . .
Well, it’s a conundrum. I like to think it’s rather non-essential, though. Anyway, the bigger part of my desire to stay away from resolutions is that I stink at keeping them and don’t want any more reminders of my weak character floating about. Every year it’s the same thing:
1) Publish something
2) Exercise regularly
3) Write every day
4) Read the Bible every day
5) Organize my life
Every year. As if, somehow, saying I’m going to do these things will suddenly make me be a different person – someone who is brave enough to mail something to a publisher, someone who cares about the fact that she can’t do a push-up or find a pencil when she really needs one, someone who will always remember that the most important bit of writing out there is the Word of God and she still hasn’t made it through all of the Old Testament . . .
The problem is that making resolutions doesn’t magically turn you into a different person. Making resolutions is simply a way to admit to yourself that you’re not the person you’d like to be – that you’re still working on a few things. Okay, so, a lot of things. And a lot of those things are the same things you were working on last year, because, well, most people don’t become different people in a year. Or two years. Or . . . many years. People are works-in-progress and that work-in-progress could take a whole lifetime. I hope that’s okay, because that’s the way it is for me.
Anyhow, this year, I think I might stay away from my usual resolutions, not because they’re impossible, but because I know I’m already working on them and will continue to work on them long after 2014 goes by. But there are a few things I think I can change in a year’s time:
1) Look for an additional real job
2) Create a solid budget and abide by it
3) Floss regularly (Look, I realize that none of you needed to know that, but I’m just being honest here.)
4) Add 5 recipes to my memorized arsenal
5) Read more
Simple, right? But we’ll see. Happy New Year, everyone!