I’ve kept up exactly one New Year’s resolution my entire life, and it was “learn to like beer” during my junior year of college. And I think it’s because I subconsciously never really wanted to do the others. Forcing yourself to do something just because it’s accepted at that time of year is ridiculous.
The majority of my new year’s resolutions center around the following:
- Diet- I don’t even remember how many years I’ve made this resolution. But one year, in the middle of April, I started losing weight. And it stuck. And I still wear the same size, 1 1/2 years later. Because at that point, I was ready.
- Stop cursing- I lasted almost a day. But you know what? I never curse at work, I don’t curse around children, and I don’t curse when I first meet people or when talking to elders. That’s fucking good enough.
This year, I’ve picked three things that I want to work on. Nothing specific, and no start date. They just need to happen.
- Read- I was going to give myself a limit, like “500 pages a month,” but I’m not going to stick to it, so why bother? I just want to read more. Doesn’t matter how much, doesn’t matter what I’m reading, I just want to read more. I love it. I enjoy it. So I’m going to do it more.
- Disconnect- I don’t need to be on Facebook Chat while I’m cooking. I don’t need to check Facebook while I’m in a bar or at dinner. I don’t need to be on Gchat, Facebook, and Tumblr simultaneously. I also don’t need to watch so much TV (I could, you know, read instead).
- Eschew the normal- I need to stop caring how other people do things. Relationships. Advancing in careers. Social lives. Material things. If I get off work on a Friday night and I don’t feel like doing anything, I’m going home, watching a movie, and enjoying myself. I’m not going to force myself to go out because I “should.” I’m tired. And The Holiday is on TV. And there’s popcorn in the pantry.
Just kidding, I find it more than mildly insulting.
But loaning me DGA screeners of movies still in the theater makes up for it.
- Me: I feel like garbage. I just want to go home, lie on my couch, watch cartoons, and have someone pet my head.
- JC: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tqq6fwqA6gc
- Me: That'll do for now.
Technology has come a long way since Toys R Us clippings, gluesticks, and construction paper (meaning my Christmas list from last year).
Before my family sits down to eat on Thanksgiving, we go around in a circle and say what we’re grateful for. Most people say a variation of “family” or “health” or, in my cousin Jake’s case, “pumpkin pie.”
I said I was grateful for my good job, and that I was grateful I was able to get enough time off from said job over the holidays to spend 3 total weeks at home with my family. But that didn’t really cover it. So rather than piss people off while I go on about what I’m thankful for while their food got cold, I figured I’d save it for here.
I’m thankful for a lot of things, but what’s most important can be summed up in 3:
- My family- I have a huge family. Part of it doesn’t speak English and part of it can’t stand the other part, but there isn’t any single person I’d change (alright, maybe that creepy dead-looking guy that comes to Easter, but even he’s fine… I guess). I confide in my family, they confide in me, and they love me for just the person I am. I’ve had some wacky-ass dreams over the years, and never have I heard “Hmm, how about a back-up plan?” Move to LA? Sure! Go for it! You can’t ask for a better support system.
- My friends- You can’t always rely on your family as your sole support. When you’re younger, you spend a third of your day at school. And I’ve basically lived long-distance from my family since I was 18. When you’re away from your family for that long, you need good friends. Much like mine. The kind of friends who sit in your car after school and eat Chicken McNuggets while singing the Rugrats theme song remix that has Ma$e in it. The kind of friends who answer their phone “Buddy the Elf, what’s your favorite color?” for months and months after Elf comes out. The kind who play Uno while sitting in line with you at the theater for two hours when Twilight comes out. The kind of friend who has just as much fun crashing a kid’s carnival on a Friday night as they would at some fancy schmancy bar. They’re the people who keep me in line, keep me loving life, and keep me loving me. They don’t ask me to be anyone but the sometimes-crazy and sometimes-creepy me.
- My health- I’ve been fortunate enough to have never in my life had a health scare. (Mono doesn’t count— that’s just being stupid in college and needing to sleep it off for 2 weeks.) I can walk out the door and run for miles, and I know my body’s going to get me through it. I can get up at 6am and go nonstop ‘til 8pm, and I know my body’s not going to give out in between. My health has allowed me to enjoy everything I’ve ever wanted to do, and it’s allowed me to go from being a lazy college student to a running, swimming, hiking, weight-lifting athlete with nary a bump in the road. I try to show my gratitude through eating well and staying active, which I don’t discount as a big reason why I can do what I do, but just being in excellent health right off the bat makes life a lot easier. And I don’t take that for granted.
So there you go. Three things that I am most thankful for. They’re not new and they’re not original, but some things should be universal in gratitude. Friends, family, health.
I’m flattered you find me so similar, unless you’re a crazy person (possible)— in which case I need to take a good look at the person I am.
I’m also scared of meeting you, but probably for a different reason (involving my skin being turned into a lamp).
In any case, Des’ree is quite the lady.
- Me: I love your shirt! Keyboard cat in space!
- Man (in thick Southern accent): Thank ya! I have cats, and I play the keyboard. But yeah, I think I've heard of the keyboard cat joke.
- Me: Oh, so it wasn't ironic.
I mean, I liked it…