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Unusual New Year's Resolutions


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Every year my father’s New Year’s Resolution is the same – to become increasingly less judgmental. He never asks me for a progress report, but I wonder if he notices any change. It is difficult, I admit, to keep a vague resolution. Last year I pledged to talk less and listen more, which is hard to measure. So this year I have opted to make the same one more specific— I’ll speak only 100,000 words a day. Is that a lot? I don’t know, I didn’t do much research. But after 100,000 words, you’ll hear no more from me. Which is also why I’ve signed up for interpretive dance, because I have a feeling there will be a lot of that happening once I’ve reached my limit.

Here's a list of some unusual ones I've heard from friends and family this year:

  1. Drink more vodka, because if you're not mixing alcohol, you'll have fewer hangovers.
  2. Get a passport. Not to travel, just to own a passport.
  3. Love everyone unconditionally. ("If Jesus can do it, so can I!" says my friend.)
  4. Call Mom for five minutes every day, even if it's more painful than eating less and exercising.
  5. Walk two blocks before and after eating a bag of chips. If it's cold outside, walk to the kitchen. And popcorn does not fit in the chip category.
  6. Eat more riboflavin and listen to an entire Iggy and the Stooges album. (It's nice because it can be done simultaneously.)
  7. Stop inserting slightly incorrect facts into Wikipedia entries.
  8. One friend made his New Year's Resolution in June (to go to the gym every day) so that when January came around he wouldn't have to make a resolution. He gave up after 2 weeks.
  9. Remember to make a New Year's Resolution in the first place.

What about you? Have you heard of, made, or broken any unusual New Year's Resolutions?

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