It's time to get back to new years resolutions. In 2017 I took a year off, so to speak, January came around and I wasn't feeling it, I was in a haze of gross corporate overwork and post-election depression. I resolved to do nothing, keep my head down and focus on work, draw no political attention to myself, spend all available time at home on my couch.
I did not do that. April came around and I addressed a crowd of nearly 1000 people at the March for Science... not exactly keeping my head down, but I was glad I did it. Then in June I was elected president of the board of a large non-profit organization that takes about 10-20 hours a week besides my 60 hour a week job. It is what it is. As we used to say in the '05 campaign days, "Sleep when you are dead."
I also really like having new years resolutions so it's time to get back into that. My philosophies for them: No repeats. Be creative. Forgive yourself if you don't meet a few. You need 6-10. Have some small fun ones in addition to big crazy ones. Give yourself until mid-January to set them - since you'll be at these all year, no pressure to have them all written down January 1, brainstorm while you slowly and fully immerse yourself in the new year glow.
Here are my 2018 resolutions:
- Keep the glovebox in my car clean enough to actually store gloves
- Make hummus regularly enough to have a freezer stash
- Save Tuesday as a family day where we eat a calm dinner together and pick up the house
- Get updated family portraits
- Learn to use a slide rule
- Read up on mindfulness and focusing on the here and now
- Learn exercises to take care of my back
- Pre-buy age appropriate birthday presents for my kids friends so we're not buying them on the way to birthday parties
I tried adding "send Christmas cards" but realized this was a failed 2015 resolution so darn, I'll have to try again. Maybe if we have those nice family portraits to put in them I'll get on it!
Last thing, this wasn't a resolution, but I pickled an onion. It's pretty good. I'd never done that before and wanted to try it so I just did. We had some tasty vegan tacos a few days later as a result, with sweet potatoes and black beans. That's the thing with people, I'm working around some resolution haters these days who say resolutions are stupid because if you want to do something you should just DO it. But how often do we sit and think about things we've somehow forgotten to try out in life? We get lost in our own noise. We need an excuse to reflect.
Last last thing: I got a passport. Resolution from many years ago that never happened, that's been a cloud over me. I have it now. I have no plans but you never know. One less thing.