I have been seeing the weight loss and gym membership commercials for a few days. It seems like these places ramp up advertising this time of year – every year. So, clearly I am not the only one who could stand to shed some weight or build some muscle. It all speaks to rush to reinvent or remake ourselves every January first. I am all for self-improvement, but why do we choose January to start these renovations? There is a first of the month literally every month. You can check.
OK, in the spirit of if you can’t beat them, join them I am going public with a couple of my gems to kick off the new year. My wife, who is much wiser than I am, eschews the process of resolution-making so it falls to me to bear the family mantle for new year improvement.
- No more sleeping in the recliner. When it’s bedtime, I am going to bed – I will not fall asleep to the television every night and then stumble upstairs to bed with the dogs at 2am.
- Exercise is something I will do. I am not going to run a marathon in 2016, but I am going to start off by walking everyday. Even on snowy days I can go to the mall or the grocery store and walk for 30 minutes. I reserve the right to revise this upwards as the year goes on.
- I will participate in at least 1 function as a parent volunteer at the kids’ schools in spite of the fact that it will probably lead to the death of our 14 year old daughter from acute embarrassment.
- I will remember to treat my wife like I did when we were dating. I was nicer then. I think this is a good one – and although we have to clean up after messy kids and deal with in-laws now, it seems like a solid move.
- I am going to find a hobby and then engage in that hobby. I used to be interesting. Now I am busy. In spite of the busy nature of life, I am going to get back into camping, hiking, or stick collecting. This will make me a more relaxed and happy person; that can’t hurt life on the home front.
So, there they are. Nothing earth-shattering. Still the experts tell us that writing down our goals makes achieving them somewhat more likely. Maybe it’s the act of thinking them through or the accountability of sharing them with you.
Do you make resolutions? What are some of yours for 2016? How did you do on last year’s list?