At the root of it: I never know what to resolve for the new year. "To make money" would be a good one for 2011, and a real change of pace from 2010; but I have little control over that. Other than applying for a cashier's job in a convenience store or as a greeter at Walmart, there is little I can do to pick up my earnings’s pace. And sadly, either of those positions would boost my earnings.
Moreover, making a lot of money might be counterproductive to achieving my first goal in life. Always a believer in "you can't take it with you," my first big life goal is to leave nothing behind. Why accumulate a lot of wealth just to leave it to someone else? Nope, enjoy it while you can and depart this mortal coil penniless. So far I am right on target.
I guess I could give up something, but all the best vices are taken. Besides, I decided a long time ago that my second big life goal is to "live hard, die young and leave a good-looking corpse." Obviously the ship has sailed on the second two, but I am still determined to succeed at the first.
I might resolve to lose some weight. Yeah, that's a good one. But I already work out daily and usually only eat two meals. Adjusting my behavior to actually shave pounds from this lumpy flesh sack I generously refer to as a body would necessarily entail turning to leafy green stuff and raw fish as nutrition staples. No Way!
I suppose I could be a better person. But why monkey with near perfection? Certainly I could tinker around the edges of my persona; but, hey, why take a chance on turning what is already pretty good into something not so good? I've composed a list of my attributes -- much too lengthy to include here -- and I hate the thought of bruising or outright losing any of them. It wouldn't be fair to those around me.
No, I guess I'll just leave well enough alone. As I gaze into the fog of my future I am reminded of quote of Mark Twain. Paraphrasing, he said, "If I can't get to 70 by a comfortable road, I don't want to go."
Exactly! Life is enough work as it is; why add to the burden?