Maybe you should make one resolution
January 7, 2014
By Kathleen R. Merrill
People tend to dread making and sticking to resolutions.
A few years ago, I decided I wasn’t going to make any more resolutions. Oh, I would always start the year with the best intentions, but you know what they say about those.
I would make a list, excited about prospects and possibilities. Weeks later, I would feel awful about missed opportunities and failed plans. The blues would set in as I struggled to get back on track and finally gave up.
But wait! What if I made only one resolution, something I knew I could stick to?
I have always loved cheese, but felt I hadn’t tried many kinds. Enter my first solid and single New Year’s resolution — eat more cheese. It sounded simple and fun. And totally doable. My mind immediately broke that down into this: Make sure I have cheese every week.
I’d never enjoyed or had so much fun keeping a resolution. I got my friends on board by telling them about it, and throughout the year, people would ask me what new cheeses I had tried or even when the last time was I had cheese.
I researched cheeses, and tried many new kinds. I learned I liked stilton, cambozola, fontina, gruyere, manchego, Neufchatel, pecorino — the list goes on.
Back to the resolutions. So, the following year, I made it my goal to purchase something I really wanted once a month. I got small things and big things, and I find years later that I spend a lot less money than ever before because I now have quite a few things that I always wanted.
The next year, it was see more movies in the theater; the year after that, it was attend more concerts. During both of those years, I went to a movie or concert at least once a month. I saw some great films and bands. (And concerts can be a live band at a hole-in-the-wall bar or restaurant, you know.) This resolution thing was becoming fun!
Last year, I made it my goal to watch all Star Trek — the series, the movies, the cartoons, the documentaries. On Dec. 28, I finished “Enterprise,” the last television series. I’m sad it’s over. I forgot how much I truly enjoyed the original series, which I watched in awe when I was a kid. I finally saw every episode of “The Next Generation,” my second favorite of the series. I watched “Deep Space Nine” and “Voyager,” which I previously thought of as Star Trek also-rans, and found I enjoyed them immensely.
I’m currently making a short list of possibilities for this year’s resolution. Has this column given you some ideas or suggestions for me? Email them to firstname.lastname@example.org.