It’s January. Of course, the topic is New Year’s Resolutions. Everyone’s either doing that or a top-10 list from 2010. I don’t have strong enough opinions to have a top-10 list. Either that, or I can’t think of 10 anything I’d put on such a list. You decide.
My dad always had two fall-back resolutions:
- I resolve not to punch any tigers in the teeth.
- I resolve not to make any other resolutions.
They worked well for him, but he always thought he didn’t need to improve at all. As it’s true that he excelled at being himself, he may have had a point.
I’ve made resolutions in the past. I’ve also written myself letters to read five years in the future. (I really should find those and read them, since it’s been over fifteen years now — maybe even twenty.) Currently, I tend to create goals, rather than resolutions — it gives me something more concrete to work toward, and a single mis-step isn’t a failure.
On to the questions:
Q: Shouldn’t you have posted this last week, before the new year started?
A: Would it help if I resolve to be more timely at the end of this year?
Q: Should I tell other people what my resolutions are?
A: Only if you’re willing to listen to them mock you.
Q: My friends/family/significant other wouldn’t do that!
A: If that’s a question, you’re not going to like my answer.
Q: Should I make SMART goals and resolutions?
A: Well, that would beat DUMB ones, wouldn’t it?
Q: Are you ever serious?
A: Yes. Second Tuesday of every week. Also, when facing a stack of bills.
Q: Do you have any resolutions this year?
A: Sure. I’ll resolve not to punch any tigers in the teeth.
If you have any questions or thoughts, leave them in the comments. As always, thanks for reading!
Reading your blog is like researching how to write humorous NF. 🙂
But I did have a revelation just yesterday that all my goal setting and making (I don’t like calling them resolutions because they just don’t stick that way), it’s usually all about my writing. So I’m thinking maybe about setting some nonwriting goals for the year. Maybe after I revise this next story, or finish my novel…
Thank you! That’s the nicest compliment I’ve had in ages.
I know you have fitness goals, too, though. Or did you mean broader goals, like trying something new?
Dammit, I already broke my resolution not to punch any tigers in the teeth. In my defense, though, he was saying nasty things about my mother.
Yeah, not much else you can do when you run into a smart-mouthed feline like that.
I seem to be sitting on a tiger’s tail. The tiger does not seem to like this. Should I have made different resolutions?
Bonnie, that reminds me of one of my favorite limericks — though I do hope you have a better fate. 😉