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It’s that very annoying time of year again. No, I’m not talking about snow and 3,000-calorie-a-day cookie diets. I’m refering to New Year’s resolution time.
I’ve never been much of one to make resolutions. Too many people fill themselves with unreasonable expectations and end only with disappointment and self-loathing. I need no special time of year to accomplish those things. The closest I’ve ever come to a formal, declared resolution is to think of something I’d like to accomplish, but then I remember my hatred of the ritual and abandon the idea.
This year I’m going another way. I’ve had one heck of a year, so nothing is staying the same. As I’ve told my family several times, nothing can return to the way it was; things can only be better or worse, and we get to make the decision which it will be. As part of that decision I am making New Year’s resolutions this year.
These then are my resolutions:
- Learn Irish. This will be accomplished using duolingo and the software I have at home. I will schedule myself at least 3 sessions per week and let my oldest (who is using duolingo to study German) goad me into compliance.
- Give my wife flowers every month. This could be tricky budget-wise, but proper planning prevents [expletive] poor performance. This is something I’ve wanted to do for a long time but lacked the dedication to accomplish.
- Walk. Yes, I know it sounds silly, I walk all the time…from the computer chair to the latest batch of cookies. During my ordeal this year I spent a bit of time wearing out my hiking boots, and I thoroughly enjoyed both the exercise and the effect. I live in a beautiful part of the world, so there is no reason I should spend all of my time and attention on computer games and Netflix. I’ve got dogs that need walking, children that need time with me, and the added motivation of losing some weight to keep my medical certification for work.
What about the rest of the Ricochetti: do you make resolutions or hate the practice? If you have made them in the past and kept them what were your secrets to success?