New Year’s truths

Published 10:00 pm Friday, January 16, 2009

Okay, it’s January. Time for resolutions. According to a recent poll on our Web site, roughly 23 percent of our visitors admit to having already broken their New Year’s resolutions by Jan. 10.

If you’re one of them, I sarcastically applaud your willpower. Don’t sweat it. Who needs the pressure of living up to a resolution the whole year, anyway?

The biggest thing I’m doing this year is waltzing that sweet, painful waltz with reality and admitting certain truths about myself. So, in truth, the following are things about myself that I probably should change but am not likely to simply because the calendar went from Dec. 31 to Jan. 1:

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1. I now weigh more than 300 pounds and will probably remain there by year’s end.

2. I will probably never buy exercise equipment to turn my living room into an exercise area.

3. I will actively pursue getting a working Chinese buffet installed right next to my bed.

4. I will probably not get my graphic design portfolio Web site up and running this year, because I am my very worst client. (Nothing’s ever good enough for me.)

5. I will probably find a way to make bacon an essential part of every meal.

6. I will probably continue to jump cement medians and cut across several lanes of busy traffic on the highway if I see a “Hot and Fresh” sign light up at Krispy Kreme. (Just kidding…. But I would.)

7. I’m probably not going to learn to speak Tagalog this year.

8. I probably won’t start smoking a pipe in a smoking jacket to make myself look more distinguished.

9. I will definitely find more food dishes into which I can incorporate pineapple.

10. And I will lobby, if necessary, to make brown gravy a beverage and not just a topping for mashed potatoes and meatloaf.

There. I feel as if a giant weigh has been lifted. No promises, just truths.

As for the other 77 percent of you Web site visitors who are committed to the annual ritual of keeping New Year’s resolutions, I salute you. I’ve just found a “take-it-one-day-at-a-time” method to be more effective for me when it comes to bettering myself.

Setting goals like not drinking alcohol or cutting back on the fast food this year seems reasonable. The simple truth is that these goals always get lost somewhere between a stiff shot of Tuaca and the McRib I just devoured from McDonald’s when I need a little stress release or comfort.

So, for all those on their individual quests to be better people this year, I wish you well and leave you now with only some advice and a question.

Advice: Having a better life means nothing if you’re not enjoying it along the way. So, give yourself a break every once in a while. And, does anyone know where I can lease a Chinese buffet?