Don’t get all nostalgic for the New Years resolutions of yesteryear – the kid in this photo is sporting a cloth diaper and may well be wearing a Depends by now. (Image from pinterest.com – first New Year’s Resolution – stay off of Pinterest for another year)
Optimism is all well and good, but many of you get a little carried away at this time of the year with your resolutions. Perhaps it’s the promise of a fresh start, or the regret that comes with an epic New Year’s hangover. For whatever reason, you simply set the bar impossibly high for yourselves in the coming year. More often than not, your credit card bills for holiday spending haven’t even arrived before most of your resolutions have already been shot to hell.
A wise (and impossibly upbeat, annoying) person would suggest that every day is a new beginning; that we can each strive to just be a better person every morning. It’s a pretty good idea to resolve to stay away from people like that. It may prove to be a tough promise to keep, especially for those of you in twelve step programs or Turkish prisons.
Here now, are some typically unachievable New Year’s resolutions with saner alternatives. You can resolve to thank me later. In an effort to show how to set and achieve resolutions, I’ve resolved to use old photos from previous posts to illustrate this one. Done and done.
Resolution #1: Renew your gym membership / Exercise regularly
Working out is not always as glamorous as this. I don’t know how this shot didn’t break the internet. (Image from thegreatfitnessexperiment dot com)
Problem: Gym memberships pose many problems. For one thing, the obligatory monthly payments and over-priced juice bars may derail financial management resolutions you may be considering (refer to Resolution 3 below). There’s also a good chance you haven’t been to the gym since the last time you made this hollow promise about twelve months ago. A slim possibility exists that the gym has folded and the lease was taken over by a do-it-yourself dog-grooming enterprise. It’s still recommended that you wipe down the equipment when done.
1 PP Resolution Solution: Change your perspective. By most standards, you’re over-weight and about as active as an arthritic tree sloth, but compared to some folks, you’re the picture of health and living an active lifestyle. Resolve to spend more time in cemeteries. Next to the dead, you’ll probably look pretty fit. While you’re there, you might as well walk around a little.
Resolution #2: Eat a healthier diet / Lose weight
There is no evidence to support the possibility that Carl’s Jr is considering serving Barbequed bowsers. (Cut and paste collage handiwork by the author for a different post – needed to re-use it to make all that digital labor worth my while )
Problem: A healthier diet will almost certainly include more fruits, dark green leafy vegetabley things and less processed junk. You’re on a first-name basis with the people in the window at the local drive-thru. The produce clerks at the local health food co-op shift their glances nervously between you and the AED every time they see you lumbering down the aisle.
1 PP Resolution Solution: What really matters in life? Looking good and treating your body like a temple, or having friends? Buy a fistful of scratch-off lottery tickets for your friends at Jack-In-The-Box and nurture your fellowship with that bunch of zany kids! Those cucumber waxers over at Whole Foods were never going to be your pals anyway.
Resolution #3: Get out of debt / Improve your financial management
If your idea of financial management is organizing your wads of cash in neat little stacks like these, you may need more individualized advice. Give me a call on my cell and we’ll talk about my ideas for a combination brewery/day spa. (Image from picsbox dot biz)
Problem: Committing yourself to improving your money situation won’t get you a raise down at The Kraft Shak. There’s no need for a calculator to figure out that even going without food and shelter, you couldn’t pay off those credit cards before next year’s resolutions.
1 PP Resolution Solution: Financial experts agree that diversification of investments is key. If it works for Jimmy Buffett’s rich uncle Warren, it should work for you too. So when you buy those scratch-offs, make sure you get a wide variety of them. Bonus Hint: Use a key to scratch off the ticket, having loose coins around will only encourage frivolous spending.
Resolution #4: Do more for others / Be a better citizen of the world
I opted for a funny Pope photo here, because Mother Teresa washing feet is just not entertaining viewing. (Image from popejokes dot com)
Problem: Let’s face it, volunteering is not as much fun as you thought it would be. The pay is even less than you what you clear at The Kraft Shak. In addition, soup kitchens and Habitat for Humanity building sites are teeming with those wildly optimistic, happy-pants yahoos we all agreed to avoid in the beginning of this post.
1 PP Resolution Solution: First of all, you need to steer clear of late night TV ads which result in you donating pennies a day to the orphaned kittens of Botswana. I mean really, how much of your 12 cents do really think goes to those scrawny little tabbies? If you’re still hell-bent on doing good, you can come over here and rake my yard or shovel my driveway without me having to drop hints over and over again. There might even be a cup of cocoa in it for you, but I’m not making any promises.
Resolution #5: Improve your attitude and coping strategies
Yes you’ve made questionable decisions, and those shoes are no exception, but it’s not the end of the world. Besides, if you wanted to do something dramatic and self-destructive, you’re at the wrong end of the pool. (Illustration by the author, who is trying to get his money’s worth out of the hours invested drawing water and shoes)
Problem: Dealing with the challenges the world throws your way is what life is all about. You know that getting passed over for the assistant head checker position down at the Crap Shak shouldn’t have mattered so much, but you ended up sulking for weeks. How the hell can you expected to be happy and upbeat when the world keeps dumping out second helpings of poop on your plate?
1PP Resolution Solution: If you’ve followed my sage advice thus far, you’re probably reading this as you sit on a tombstone, eating a Jum-Bo-Valu meal amid the sad clutter of losing lottery tickets and dead flowers. As if that isn’t bad enough, your back is sore from doing gratis yard work over at Casa del One-Point (For future reference, bring your own rake next time – I’m not running a lending library here). My final bit of wisdom is that you stop making promises which will inevitably end in you disappointing yourself.
You’re quite welcome.
See you next year!