New Year’s doesn’t mean anything to me other than every year I feel the need to say that it doesn’t mean anything to me. If New Year’s Eve falls on a Friday or Saturday, then I’ll probably go out—but I only regard it as an ordinary night out, just with a theme, and in the past few years I haven’t even stayed out late enough to see in the new year.
Aside from partying, however, I also don’t bother with New Year’s resolutions. I sometimes have something close, as my birthday is just a few days prior. I get lazy in December, take my birthday as a day to just indulge in whatever I fancy and then I’m refreshed. I start whatever discipline I had before anew. But I don’t usually have too many set goals in mind other than things that I want to achieve generally.
I decided to find a list online of common New Year’s resolutions and see if any of them would apply to me. I chose the list I found on Health.com for two reasons: it’s short and it at least sounds like a reputable site. It gives me a good jumping off point for this blog post, anyway.
- Lose weight. I could lose some, actually. Overall I’m pretty thin but I’ve noticed over the last few months that I have put on a few pounds. I work what is predominantly a desk job now and I haven’t been exercising in a while. I don’t really mind having a potbelly but I want to be healthy overall, so I do intend to start jogging again. I’m just waiting to see what I get for my birthday (we had to postpone the get-together until the weekend) before I join a gym for the winter.
- Stay in touch. This one is the perfect example of “not a bad idea, but doesn’t really apply to me.” I probably could do with a few more friends outside of work, but of those friends that I do have I’m constantly in touch with. Social media takes care of this issue rather nicely. Aside from that, I’m constantly also in touch with my immediate family.
- Quit smoking. This one doesn’t really apply to me, either. Aside from the occasional cigar and some lapses with cigarettes when I’m on vacation, I don’t smoke. I’m not worried about it.
- Save money. I’m not quite as cheap as I used to be but I can afford that now since I got promoted back in June. I could change this to “pay off my credit card bill” but that’s a constant goal anyway.
- Cut your stress. Jogging and meditation have worked for me in the past, and I already know that I intend on resuming those activities. Otherwise, I’ve been working on stress right along.
- Volunteer. Out of the whole list this one would be the most radical change for me. In the past I’ve only volunteered at organizations when I had to for school. I didn’t hate doing so but since then the thought just never occurred to me. But I’m not going to just give myself the goal of “volunteer” unless I know of an organization at which I would like to volunteer in the first place. It’s something to keep in the back of my mind more, but I’m not going to make any plans until I see something that interests me.
- Go back to school. I had made this decision a long time ago, but it never came to fruition. I gave up on the idea when I realized that I couldn’t afford it. I probably can now. Still, I’ve heard more than once that getting a master’s degree in writing is largely a waste of time. I don’t know if that’s true, but I can’t deny that has affected my view on going back.
- Cut back on alcohol. I’ve already started doing this. But to be honest, I didn’t drink a whole lot to start with. I know I talk much about it, but I really don’t go beyond the small amounts of alcohol a day that’s supposedly good for me. The main reason I’ve been trying to cut back, though, is in regards to item number four on this list.
- Get more sleep. I’ve been trying this for just over thirty-five years. What makes me think that I’m going to go to sleep faster in 2016?
- Travel. Does the flight I booked to Seattle in July count?
I could probably use a tune-up but nothing major enough to make a big deal out of. I especially wouldn’t attach it to a New Year’s resolution. If I need to improve, I want to improve right now.