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:
- Drink more vodka, because if you're not mixing alcohol, you'll have fewer hangovers.
- Get a passport. Not to travel, just to own a passport.
- Love everyone unconditionally. ("If Jesus can do it, so can I!" says my friend.)
- Call Mom for five minutes every day, even if it's more painful than eating less and exercising.
- 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.
- Eat more riboflavin and listen to an entire Iggy and the Stooges album. (It's nice because it can be done simultaneously.)
- Stop inserting slightly incorrect facts into Wikipedia entries.
- 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.
- 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?