Michael D'Agostino of A Life Examined (that sweet thunder from down under) started this blog hop with these words:
"Your readers would like to know a little more about you. Show them who you are by taking part in the Question of the Month bloghop. On the first Monday of each month, we answer the question that gets posted here. Sign up on the list (on Michael's site) to join the fun ;) With every question, remember that the important part is explaining your answer. And please, if you have any suggestions for new questions, share them in the comments section. I bet you've got some great ideas for us."
This month's question is:
What are some New Year’s resolutions you’ve had in the past?
Ah, sweet Michael...the wheels in my brain box are turning. A more appropriate question might be "what are some New Year's resolutions I've NOT had in the past?" Fortunately, my purpose on Earth is not to revise your great bloghop.
January resolutions appeal to me. Naysayers might balk at the whole premise of resolving to change or improve, but not me! There's plenty of room for improvement and I just love the idea of picking a day where you say to yourself, "now it begins!"
Anyone with any life experience under their belt will tell you that life is full of failures and successes. Unless you are the rare bear that always succeeds, you'll probably have more failure than success. Don't be so hard on yourself 'cause honey, the folks that never try need all your sympathy. They might be the poster children for "failure." So, write those resolutions and give it your best shot, I always say!
Resolutions I've Made in the Past:
- Jan. 1, 1959: Finding myself "in utero," pretty cramped, and longing for a decent meal, I resolved to break free within 30 days. Failed by eight days but ultimately reached my goal.
Too early? Let's go forward a few (cough, cough) years...
Adult Resolutions, in order of popularity (I recycle, people):
- Lose Weight: (YES...AND NO...AND YES...OOPS, NO...YES...NO). Winner of the 2016 Most Popular Cherdo Resolution Award.
- Learn something new: I usually achieve this goal, especially when I'm specific about what I want to learn.
- Wear make up every day: Failed. I start out good and go full on fabulous but then I get the burny eyes and cut way back on painting my mug.
- Never to wear make up: More successful, but unwilling to totally give up. A girl gotta have the lipstick and a little sumpthin' to be presentable. A salute to Mother Nature (but if she was really my mother, she'd send me back for the make up, no joke).
- Read _____: Just fill in the blank. I always nail this one. No reason necessary to read.
- Tan: Yep, that was a resolution one year; I "fake and baked" my way to success because I thought I would look more presentable on a cruise. I'm not sure anyone really cares what shade of human I am, in retrospect.
- Break free of a bad relationship: I've actually had to use this one more than once and not necessarily for a romantic attachment. Friendships are not always good; we've all had that friend that is more enemy than pal (haven't we, or am I just a target?). The older I get, the less willing I am to put up with shenanigans that cause grief. Period. I actually think I'm at the age where I wouldn't even wait for New Year's day and I'd shout out a heartfelt Charlie Sheen "winning!"
- Play an instrument: A teenaged dream (nailed it).
What does this tell us? Should I be discouraged to see that some of these goals repeatedly appear? Nawwww...I'm still optimistic. There are worse things in life than hope, believe me.
Thanks, Michael, for a great bloghop idea! Keep 'em coming. Visit other participants on The Question of the Month: