January 2, 2020
I take New Year’s resolutions somewhat seriously.
That doesn’t mean I stick to my resolutions. If I did that, I would be superhuman. Most people (including me) who make resolutions don’t get through January.
It does mean, however, that I a) think about resolutions; b) try to pick things that are at least somewhat meaningful; and c) try to pick things that are realistic. I also try as hard as I can to keep the resolutions I make. Once in a while, I’m successful.
For example, I want to try playing pickle ball. But “start playing pickle ball in 2020” is not a resolution, it’s just a statement of intent. There is nothing stopping me from taking it up. A resolution should call for some degree of difficulty.
With all that said, I have seven resolutions that I am willing to make public:
- Break 100 for 18 holes of golf. I’ve broken 50 for nine holes a few times but not for 18. This is the year.
- Swim 150 miles. That’s about 13-15 times a month with allowances for vacations and other road trips.
- Lower blood pressure. It’s too high. I want to get it down to the old levels (120/70 or thereabouts). This will mean taking the prescribed medications and cutting down on sodium. I’m trying other things, including a dry January, and losing a few pounds as well.
- Get better at the piano. Realistically, this means taking lessons and practicing at least an hour a day. I’ve been on the same plateau forever and am thoroughly bored with it.
- Find a worthwhile volunteer activity. I have it narrowed down to working for Habitat, teaching ESL or tutoring in English/reading/writing.
- Socialize more. I’m going to try to take someone to lunch every month in addition to pursuing other continuing activities such as bridge.
- Bill 80 hours a month. This would be more than I did in 2019 and will mean pursuing some new business.
I have a couple of other things I don’t want to disclose, but this is basically the list. We’ll see.
A happy and prosperous 2020 to all!