I always make a list of New Year’s resolutions.
In the past, those resolutions were based on what I won’t do, rather than what I will.
I won’t eat sugar. I won’t procrastinate. I won’t feel guilty.
But those resolutions have never gotten me anywhere.
So, this year I thought I might think about those things I want to add to my life. Not subtract.
I will call you rather than text you. At least sometimes.
I will take a hot bath at 6pm. With bubbles and oils.
I will play “I spy” by myself in the car when I go to the grocery store.
I will buy pappardelle egg noodles rather than thin spaghetti for dinner.
I will learn the names of all the trees on my property.
I will sign up for a life drawing class even though I can’t draw.
I will become a rabid sports fan and wear a team shirt.
I will write down what I remember about all my relatives.
I will write a poem.
I will go to the movies by myself. In the afternoon.
I will change my hair. It’s been the same since 1982.
I will plan an exotic trip for the fall and cut out articles about it.
I will go to a lecture on something scientific that I know nothing about.
I will write my best friend a love letter.
I will watch old reruns of “Frasier” and “Seinfeld” at night after my husband goes to sleep.
I will sit in the church at the end of the street in the late afternoon.
I will buy a beautiful blue sweater.
I will learn to play suduko.
I will buy a rubber cap with flowers and swim on Tuesdays.
I will write a letter to my daughter about my life. Things she doesn’t know.
I will sit with my back to the fire until I can’t any more.
I will have pink peonies in the house on the sill in the kitchen.
I will order what I really want in my favorite restaurant. Not what I think I should eat.
I will pick up a leaf and study the back of it when I walk in the woods in the fall.
I will go in all the stores in my town that I’ve never gone in.
I will read during the day. During the week. And not feel guilty.
I will have my hair washed and blown dry for no apparent reason.
I will eat sugar, procrastinate and feel guilty sometimes.
I will understand that old habits die hard.
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