I am good — one might even suggest excellent — at making New Year’s resolutions.
Clean out the accumulated mess in my basement and attic.
The good news is I never need to waste precious post-Christmas-pre-New Year’s do-nothing hours contemplating what to include on my list for the upcoming year. I simply scan my old computer files: “New Year’s Resolutions 2014.” Or… 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010… all the way back to a time before Steve Jobs.
The list doesn’t change, probably hasn’t since the year I scratched out my first I-will-be-better compilation on the walls of the cave. Lose weight. Become fit. Clean out the accumulated mess … Rinse and repeat.
The problem is I am less good — one might even suggest abysmal — at keeping my resolutions. They rarely out-last the countdown to midnight, the singing of “Auld Lang Syne,” the morning after the night before.
So this year I resolve not to resolve the same old. I resolve to come up with a list of new resolutions I will not … er, will keep.
- Buy local. It’s easy to get seduced by online deals and big-box prices that do nothing for our economy. We need to do stuff for our economy. Read the Ivany Report. (Resolution to self: stop referencing the Ivany report every second column.) This will, of course, necessitate eating at local-source restaurants while drinking Nova Scotia beer and wine. Who knew keeping resolutions could be so easy?
- Take the bus. I can/should walk to work. But if more of us took the bus more often, transit services might finally improve, and then we’d take the bus because we want to.
- Enjoy the city. It amazes me whenever I show off my city to visitors what a wonderful place it is — and how little I take advantage of all it has to offer.
- Hang out. At the new library. On the waterfront. In Point Pleasant Park. On Spring Garden Road.
Will I actually keep any of these resolutions? I would like to think so. But I’ve been down this resolution road too many times before. I resolve not to worry about that.
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