Dear Crabby, Should I Bother to Make Any New Year’s Resolutions?

Dear Crabby,

It’s hard to believe that a week from today it will be another new year. So, I’m wondering if I should make any resolutions. What do you think? What are your thoughts on New Year’s resolutions?

Thanks, Nate Nouveau

Dear Nate Nouveau,

Let me first start by saying you’re fat and lazy. Okay. Now that I’ve got your undivided attention… the problem with many New Year’s resolutions is that people make the same ones year after year along the lines of ‘I’m going to be more active and lose 10 pounds.’ Let’s be honest. We’ve all been trying to lose the same 10 pounds for the last five years and what do we have to show for it? Clothes that still don’t fit. Mrs. Crabby has spent more of my hard-earned money buying new clothes because of the ‘stupid’ scale telling her the wrong number. I tried being helpful one year by making ‘oink’ sounds every time she went to put something she’d sworn not to eat in her mouth. All that got me was dirty looks. So, if your goal is to get healthier inside and out, you should make a resolution you can measure. DearCrabbyBetter yet. Call it a goal rather than a resolution. Sign up for some kind of race. Now I’m not talking a marathon or anything stupid like that right outta the gate, but one of those 5k races. There seem to be a ton of those things to choose from. And resolutions don’t have to be big like telling your boss to take a hike and quitting your job (but if you are going to do that, you should really have a plan since food and shelter are kind of nice things to have.). A resolution can be getting out more and trying different activities. Maybe it’s crossing five items off your bucket list or trying something that frightens you a little like singing karaoke with strangers. Speaking of strangers, helping others is another great resolution. ‘Pay it forward,’ and put a little good into the world—and then don’t post a Facebook status about it since that kind of defeats the purpose.

The important thing to remember with resolutions is that if they don’t work out, follow the advice of that that chick from Frozen and ‘Let it go.’ Move on and don’t beat yourself up. You can always try again. And stop wasting your energy caring about what other people think or seeking their approval. If you want that piece of cake, go ahead and have it. Just don’t eat the whole thing.

Hope this helps and Happy New Year!

Dear Crabby

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