Well it’s started. I’m starting to see posts about New Years resolutions popping up like pimples on an adolescent all over the Blog-O-Spear. And why not? It’s something to write about, and something everyone’s tried; and more than likely failed at. After one of my favorite bloggers stated it so well, I thought I’d just pass on the whole thing. But ya gotta have goals….I suppose.
But why set yourself up for failure? Yeah, it’s noble to have goals and try to improve yourself. Some of us actually have made our lives better because of resolutions. But not me.
When I used to smoke (cigarettes, a long time ago), I knew it was bad for me and many a time used New Years Day as my kick-off date to a healthier life style. Thing of it was, I really didn’t want to quit. So, knowing I only had one more day to go, I’d smoke my ass off before midnight and then give it a try the next day. It general worked for about twelve hours when the thought of having another smoke was literally nauseating, but then by half-time during the Rose Bowl game I’d start to get a little “niccy-fit” (nicotine fit vs. nooky-fit, which is something else, but not altogether too dis-similar in that both create an artificial demand when periods of non-use start to create craving, which is usually totally eliminated by immediate use because of the instant gratification and the temporary relief from suffering it provides, yet all the while locking one into an endless cycle of death and re-birth of desire, and in the long run only creating addiction or dependency, which is a very undesirable unwholesome mind state; it’s bad enough that we have to eat, sleep, have clean water and nice pile of wood shavings to nest in, but to add another demand on one’s life with an un-needed mandatory necessity generally leads to a serious case of dis-ease and lack of mellowness), and run out and buy a pack of Lucky Strikes. Boy, that first one after quitting is always the best.
The same thing went for dieting, getting more exercise, being nice to people and just about any other resolution that required will-power. With the more general or nebulous ones just being forgotten after about a week. So why bother? Bottom line was I’m just fine the way I am, as are you. So why change?
But that runs counter to all the crap we’re constantly being bombarded with by the media, whose basic message is: You’re not good enough, and in fact, your life really sucks; Unless, you buy our product, try our pill, subscribe to this, contribute to that etc. etc.etc.
I don’t want to resolve to do anything! I’m done with that, and want to avoid compulsive guilt driven behavior at all costs and in all forms. Don’t mean I’m not willing to “explore” certain things, or experience new stuff. I’m just not gonna let some artificial, arbitrary occurrence, like New Years Day kick it off.
Right now I’m “exploring” strength training at the gym. Lifting heavier weights, getting into shape, and as a result feeling better physically. I’m also “exploring” finer wines, and not drinking cheap shit like Two Buck Chuck (Charles Shaw wines selling for $1.99 a bottle at Trader Joes). Exploring high cocoa dark chocolate from different countries goes hand in hand with better booze too.
Anyway, enough about me. I hope you all explore whatever drives your passions or bliss and have a Happy New Year. Be good; and don’t do anything I wouldn’t do. 🙂