Looking around the blogosphere, it seems everybody had a plan for 2012. A fresh, dazzling plan for the sparkling New Year. Lots of blogs are wearing shiny, new themes. WordPress rolled out their Project 365. Bloggers have committed to posting every day, taking a photo-a-day, building a snowman a week, trying a new experience every week, putting together a cool robot every month, etc, etc, on, and on with disciplined plans for wonderfully inventive treats in store everywhere I look. On 1/1/12, they all hit the ground running.
What about me? What’s MY plan?
Introspection not being a strong suit, I didn’t make any New Year resolutions. Not for real-life, and not for blogging-life. Year-end just kind of snuck up on me while I was fiddling around with Christmas. So what do I have in store for you, my faithful readers? You’re getting haphazard, thrown-together-when-the-mood-hits-me ramblings. Same old, same old.
You deserve so much more.
Even if I wanted to put together a “365 Days Of ___” plan now, I can’t. It’s too late for that perfect number. I already missed 5 days of the year, maybe 6 by the time I post this. Who wants 359 days? That’s not a round number. Where’s the symmetry in that? It’s like starting a diet on Wednesday – it can’t be done.
Yup, the 365 Day Resolution Train has already left the station. But there’s one way I can catch it. I just have to resolve to do something I’ve already been doing for the last 5 days.
I asked myself, “What have I done, every single day, so far this year?”
- Watch TV
- Type on the computer
- Drink coffee
- Drive my car
- Sing along to the radio/MP3/DVD
- Talk on the phone
- Go to the bathroom
- Do a Sudoku puzzle
- Brush my teeth
- Wear shoes
- Wear underwear
- Wipe my nose (it’s cold here)
- Say a prayer
While compiling this list I broke out in a cold sweat when I considered that I may have gone to the gym. What if I was stuck with working out, EVERY DAY? Then I remembered that the Y was closed on New Years Day, so 1/5th of my days were gymless. Whew! Saved from having to do something hard.
I know what you’re thinking. “What about a shower?” I didn’t take one on Sunday, because I took one Saturday night right before we went out, and New Years Day was pretty quiet so I didn’t get dirty. Really. But I promise to bathe often enough this year to avoid a personal cloud of dust and flies like Pigpen in Charlie Brown, even if it didn’t make my list.
I would be setting myself up for certain failure if I resolved to do everything on that list every day, so I’ll just pick a few, important things. Here they are in resolution form:
My After-The-Fact 2012 Resolution To Keep Doing Stuff I Already Do
It will be a magical journey of self-discovery as I attempt to keep this resolution by sheer force of will. Along the way, I’ll blog about eating, sleeping, going to the bathroom (maybe not so much about that), under-wearing, teeth-brushing and praying. Chances are good I will cover some other topics, too.
Come on along for what is sure to be a thrilling ride in 2012 – all aboard!
(Please keep your arms and legs in the car at all times and remain seated until the train has come to a complete stop. Hang on.)