Most people make New Year’s resolutions, which means they’re going to add in positive actions or delete negative behaviors, which means they’re all going to be miserable by February if not sooner. It never works. All it does is make those of us who have our own cozy staked-out area at the yoga studio cram over in the creaky spot by the corner for three weeks until the newbies give up, realizing they will never actually do this thing, thereby making life worth living again for the rest of us.
See, you’re not the only one you hurt by making an unobtainable New Year’s resolution. You’re angering everybody else, making the bathroom line longer and the shoe rack by the door less manageable. Go away. Come back one by one in an orderly fashion by April or so if you’re serious.
So that is what I recommend to you this New Year’s Day: Don’t change a thing. It’s easier, cheaper, better for your self-esteem and far more obtainable.
Here, for example, is what I plan for my own course of personal betterment in 2018:
I will continue to hate loud stadium things unless they are naturally generated moments of crowd uproar.
I will continue to write about epic Greek poetry for two thousand words on a baseball blog and then tack in a sentence about a donkey at the end.
I will get up when it looks as if a Red has hit one out and then, if it doesn’t, plonk back down going, “Ohhhhhhhh” because this makes the baseball feel bad and will ensure it will do better next time.
I will not cram my politics up on yours in this space because it makes me feel better for .00002 seconds about mine. That’s what is Twitter is for. This is baseball. Baseball is serious, and everyone’s.
I will not refer to the act of recording broadcast television or digitally preserving life-action moments as anything but “taping.”
I will not expect Dusty Baker to escape the playoffs. He could be riding around on Tom Brady’s shoulders while the Big Red Machine jog about them and Mario Andretti provides the transportation. He won’t make it. Ever. Ever.
I will continue to think of the Bengals only when driving past the stadium, registering mild surprise that they do in fact still exist.
I will continue to mystify everyone else with a uterus by abhorring Target.
I will not find myself on the same patch of Earth as Gapper.
I will not think about the serving size to entire package calorie ratio of the giant bags of kettlecorn at the Crosley Field entrance of GABP.
I will applaud every comment I see praising Joey Votto. I know it will make his life complete to know this, so make sure word gets back to him.
I will bowl and Bingo and make reservations at Ron’s Roost and never apologize.
I will not clap my hands when the music clip instructs me to.
I will turn down the television volume on the Reds game and stream the radio broadcast instead.
I will spell Opening Day with capital letters.
I will purchase hot dogs at any given GABP stand with great hope in my heart, which shall then immediately be crushed in a mouthful of shriveled or barely-cooked disappointment.
I will listen to those with stories to tell of players I have never heard of. Those Reds are my Reds too. And yours.
I will not stop thinking I will get around to figure skating lessons at some point.
I will pat dogs.
Proud aunt Mary Beth Ellis is a freelance writer and college teacher who lives in Cincinnati, OH. Her home site, BlondeChampagne.com, has existed in at least some form since 2003, and Mary Beth has been a regular columnist with one publication or another from the age of 16. Her first book, Drink to the Lasses, was published in 2006. She currently teaches college, runs personal wine tastings, gives literary readings, and stares into the middle distance.