So 2017 is but a distant memory and now it’s all about 2018. And what better way to start the new year than by making some New Year’s Resolutions?
Because convention dictates that this is the day that we all need to take a good long look at ourselves and realise that we just aren’t good enough.
Now I have been accused (mainly by myself) of not taking this whole New Year’s Resolution thing seriously enough. And to be fair I didn’t achieve any of my goals for 2016 or 2017. Not even the one about watching every episode of Star Trek. I did get through all of the original series, all of the Next Generation, about half of Deep Space 9 and all but one of the films before I gave up. Which is pretty good going. I enjoyed it, but it does get a bit ‘samey’ after a while.
Still I might press on and finish the rest of them this year.
But I’m not making that an official ‘resolution’.
I would like to roll over last year’s target of becoming super rich. I still think I’d like to achieve that.
And maybe the one about becoming a superhero.
But today is not about rehashing old, unachieved resolutions.
No, today I must come up with some new ones.
And maybe they should be ones I have a vague hope of actually achieving.
Although that does take some of the fun out of it for me.
Nonetheless, it’s clear I’ve been overambitious in recent years and it’s time therefore to get real.
So, without further ado, here are my, slightly more modest, New Year’s Resolutions for 2018:
- Run a mile – that’s right by the time January 2019 rolls around I will definitely have run at least one mile. At this stage I’m not committing to doing it all in one go. It may have to be a cumulative effort. Don’t be fooled by the fact that I used to run marathons and half marathons in my younger days – this is definitely going to be a challenge.
- Watch at least one film of Mrs Proclaims’ choosing and not make sarcastic comments all the way through – I might be overstretching myself here, but I think I can probably do it. It may take a few attempts though.
- Take the Christmas decorations down – because they just aren’t ‘special’ if you leave them up all year apparently.
- Go back to work – I will definitely do this. My mortgage repayments do rather depend on it. But I’m not promising to actually do any work when I’m there.
- Eat more healthy food – as long as this doesn’t preclude the continuation of eating unhealthy food obviously.
There we go, five resolutions that might well be achievable. I wouldn’t want to jeopardise my chances of self-improvement by committing to any more than that.
But I am quietly confident I will be able to look back in a year and say that I met some of the above targets.
2018 marks the dawn of a brave new era.