New Year’s Resolutions?

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Another New Year’s. I’ll bet most of us, through the years, have done every combination of resolution list that’s ever been proposed. In my high school and college years, I sat down and very seriously came up with the one thing that absolutely had to be accomplished during the ensuing year. It took at least a decade for me to abandon that method as a total waste of time. I can’t think of a single resolution that I actually achieved that way.

Then came at least another couple of decades of following different but somewhat similar plans every year: Don’t call it a resolution, make a list of the top ten things and be happy with crossing off 2 or 3, ten ways to stick to this year’s “goals,” rethinking what “achievement” means, etc., etc., etc.

So here we are – the cusp of 2018. What have I learned? Apparently nothing. I’ve put a different description to my contemplative end-of-year exercise and I choose goals that are a little more general in nature – like eat healthier (what, exactly, does that look like?), keep a cleaner house (like that’s going to happen), and make it to 2019 (I think that one’s achievable). I now say that I like to do a “mental reevaluation” of the year and where I’d like to focus in the next one but that sounds suspiciously like watered down resolutions, doesn’t it? Oh well. Who knows? If I keep at it, I may hit one on the nail this time. And what are those things that crop up every year? Publish a play, find a lucrative part-time outside source of income so I don’t have to worry about reverting back to my college living conditions when I retire (fun then – not so much now), publish a series of novels about my showgirl and casino marketing days (each one in a different Las Vegas decade), lose weight so I look as fabulous at 65 as any senior possibly can and check out another country or two as possible retirement sites. I’m not sure I can cram all that into one year so maybe I’ll just stretch it out for a few more.

Happy New Year to all you dedicated resolutioners!

Author: Lisa

On the verge of retirement, there are lots of options and issues to contemplate. Come along for the journey and share your own thoughts, trials and successes.

5 thoughts on “New Year’s Resolutions?”

  1. Happy new year to all those successful resolutioners! (Never actually met one, but there must be at least 1 our there!) where’re you thinking as a country to retire?

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    1. I’ve checked out Costa Rica and Panama. I also had Belize on my list but, of course, I keep seeing things that make me want to look at places like Iceland (voted longest living population)! However, since I hate the cold, I probably wouldn’t do well there.

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      1. I was in Iceland not too long ago. It’s a beautiful place, probably one of my favourites. It’s worth considering. It does have its downsides though – in summer it’s light for more than 20 hours a day and it’s the opposite in the winter

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      2. Hmmm. Maybe I’ll look into it a bit more. Thanks, Zac. Where are you with that elephant? Doesn’t look like African elephant but what do I know?

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