6 Resolutions for Those With Realistic Expectations
Well, folks, it's a new year, and like a lot of you, I'll be damned if I'm going to let this one turn into the shitshow that 2010 did. God, what a disaster. Who knew a dolphin could bleed that much? Marine biologists probably. Dolphins, too, I guess. But certainly not me, the one person who really needed that information in 2010.
"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 WeightIf 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 FamilyAs 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.
"Sorry honey, but I'm going to be out of town for a few weeks again."
Resolution 3: Quit SmokingI 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.
Spread your big beautiful butterfly wings and fly.
Resolution 4: Pay Off DebtDebt weighs heavily on people, especially after Christmas, what with all the expensive gifts we have to buy to maintain familial peace.
Why it sucks:This is actually one of the easier resolutions on this list, as it requires little more than a plan and common sense, with no great leaps of self control. But it's so small scale -- the best case scenario is you getting back to square one. A cool, knife-licking resolution needs to be more ambitious.