Everybody Wants To Be More Like Me In 2020
Before I sat down to make my New Year’s Resolutions for 2020, I did a little research. According to the internet, the ten most popular New Year’s Resolutions are:
(1) Lose Weight
(3) Improve Your Finances
(4) Learn a New Skill
(5) Quit Smoking
(6) Read More
(7) Find a better job.
(8) Drink less alcohol
(9) Eat more healthfully
(10) Spend more time with friends and family.
In order words? Everyone wants to be more like me in 2020.
Exercise? I swim every day and walk everywhere.
Unless You’re Actually Reading This On The Treadmill, I Probably Walk More Than You Do
“You walk so much,” a friend recently said. “I bet you can eat anything you want without gaining weight!”
Lose weight? Because of all of that walking and swimming? I’ve got no weight to lose.
Quit Smoking and drink less alcohol? I neither drink nor smoke.
Eat More Healthfully? I have no choice. I have Meniere’s Disease, which means that I can’t eat salt. And food that is delicious but unhealthful is loaded with salt. So no junk food for me, dammit.
Learn a New Skill? I’m learning to play the piano again. Technically, piano-playing is an old skill, since I played when I was young. But I’m currently so bad at it that it feels like I’m learning a new skill.
Improve my finances? At 65, I have enough money to support my (ridiculously frugal) lifestyle for the rest of my life. I’ll never be able to buy a yacht. But I don’t want to buy a yacht.
Find a better job? Are you kidding me? I work at my local public library. I’ve already got the best job there is.
Read More? I work in a library. Reading is my life. (Although I rarely have time to read on the job. Librarians-who-get-paid-to-read-all-day is a myth.)(But I do get first dibs on all the best books!)
Spend More Time With Friends and Family. I have a great bunch of friends and I see them often. And my sister who is my best friend, lives nearby and I see her almost every day.
I stopped by yesterday and showed her this list of popular resolutions.
“I’ve already achieved everything that most people are resolving to accomplish in 2020!” I told her. “That’s it! I’m done. I’m perfect! There’s nothing for me to strive for in 2020!”
“Uh… how about some humility?” she suggested.
Excellent point. Aren’t sisters wonderful?
So here are my resolutions for 2020: (1) Refrain from Being Smug and (2) Continue to Appreciate My Wonderful Sister.
Wish me luck!
Best Wishes for a Happy and Healthy 2020.
( Roz Warren, FBTA, is the author of two collections of library and book-related humor, Our Bodies, Our Shelves: A Collection of Library Humor, and Just Another Day At Your Local Public Library, both of which would make great gifts for your favorite librarian or other bookish friend. If you enjoyed this post by Roz Warren, you might enjoy this one too.)
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