"This dolphin is all I need for the best Valentine's Day ever!"
But unlike a lot of you, I'm not going to partake in any new year's resolutions -- the traditional way to improve one's life at the start of a calendar year. Resolutions are easy to make, hard to keep and each abandoned resolution forms the bass kick in the failure drumbeat of your life. (For the curious, my self-improvement regime will consist of doing everything exactly the same as last year, only with a tarp draped over my living room around mid-February.)
But, for those of you that still want to make resolutions, I've offered some advice below on how to make them suck less.
Resolution 1: Lose Weight
If you're using a special, extra-wide keyboard to access this page, then you might be in the group of people who've vowed to lose weight this coming year. Weight loss is one of the most popular new year's resolutions, possibly due to the number of broken chairs and bathtub entrapments which come with the heavy holiday eating season.
Why it sucks:
Because this is also the most broken, least plausible new year's resolution. Resolving to "lose weight" hilariously understates the scope of the issue, considering the massive amount of hard work and lifestyle changes that are typically required to have any effect. If you seriously want to lose weight, that would have been a good decision before the gravy-based meal.
A better resolution: Move some place flatter
See this is good because it's easy, requiring only a one time commitment, rather than major lifestyle changes. And it gets at the core reason you want to lose weight -- your difficulty getting around town. By picking a location with less challenging topography, your self-propelling ability should improve, making you happier and more virile looking. Look for communities with ranch homes, moving sidewalks and salt flats.
Resolution 2: Spend More Time With Family
As we go about the daily challenges of life (work, bills, dolphin maintenance), we inevitably lose sight of what matters most in life: our families. Spending more time with loved ones seems like a fine idea every new year, and loudly claiming you want to do so makes you seem like a real swell guy, or at minimum, a friendly drunk.
Why it sucks:
You're too drunk to remember it, but that slip away from your family was not entirely without reason:
- You've been in a medical quarantine.
- The boys in Call of Duty love you back.
- You have a really nice chair at work.
A better resolution: Start a second family
Back in the 90s, it seemed like every week Dateline had a feature on one of those guys who traveled a lot for business and kept separate families in different towns. For those of you that don't remember the 90s, imagine this is sort of like rolling an alternate character in World of Warcraft -- you can play someone else with different skills and strengths, who can make use of different armor.
"Sorry honey, but I'm going to be out of town for a few weeks again."
Resolution 3: Quit Smoking
I don't want to dissuade you from this too much. The odor reasons alone make this a worthwhile endeavor -- unless you're considering giving up pipe smoking, which means you're a fool. You smell like a tapestry depicting an old naval battle. You can't just throw that away.
Why it sucks:
Like the weight loss one, this is way harder than you realize, primarily because addictive things are addictive. You've also likely established a social circle which enables your smoking, and changing other people is extremely difficult, something only hypnotists and wives are good at.
A better resolution: Quit ping-pong
Giving up ping-pong is way easier than giving up smoking, to the point that only the worst among us haven't. The social circle you've developed to play ping-pong is filled with horrible, embarrassing people, and leaving them behind is a fantastic idea.
Spread your big beautiful butterfly wings and fly.