I couldn’t tell you where infamous “New Year’s resolutions” come from without a quick Google search.
Ah, good ole’ trusty and never-wrong Wikipedia to the rescue. Apparently, this is no new trend as religious groups have been making promises to their respective Gods at the beginning of each year for quite some time now.
I might as well join in on the fun.
The popular research tool tells us what some of the most common New Year’s resolutions are. So I thought I should go through them to see exactly where I stack up and see which one I should pick as my official, on-the-record resolution.
1. Improve well-being: lose weight, exercise, eat better, etc. Well, there aren’t many people who can say they wouldn’t consider this. I dropped a few pounds back in the fall. I’ve gained less than half of that back. So I’ll sign up for this one. I need to drop 30 pounds by the end of the year. That didn’t take long. I’ll make this my resolution.
2. Improve finances: get out of debt, save money. Sign me up for this, too. I’m not under a mountain of debt, but I do have a few credit cards that need to bite the dust. And who doesn’t want to save money? Great, two resolutions to keep me busy.
3. Improve career: get a better job. No comment.
4. Improve education: improve grades, get a better education. This sounds wonderful, but it kind of contradicts number two, so I’ll decline this as a priority for now.
5. Improve self: become more organized, reduce stress, be less grumpy, manage time, be more independent. Walking through those one-by-one I can tell you I am not as organized as I need to be because I’m stressed, which makes me grumpy and causes me to manage my time poorly. Sounds good but feels impossible. Sign me up, but don’t hold me to it.
6. Take a trip. I am piling up the resolutions. Sign me up for this one, too. I’ll need to improve finances (see no. 2) before this happens, though.
7. Volunteer to help others. Seriously, we should all do this. Put me down for some.
8. Get along better with people. This should happen, but probably won’t. It might if I’m less grumpy and in a better financial state, though.
I’m going to stop at eight mainly because I’m out of room. And I better get started as I’ve firmly dedicated myself to five New Year’s resolutions.
My final New Year’s resolution: make good on my promises and my words.
Happy New Year.
-Josh Peterson is the editor of the Manchester Times. He has won TPA awards for his writing and photography. He can be reached by email at email@example.com or by telephone at 931-728-7577 ext. 105. Follow him on Twitter @joshpeterson29