“Pretend for a moment that it is December 31st, 2020. What do you see? What has the year been for you? What have been the major events in your life as well as those closest to you?” Those were the first two lines of my Holiday Blog last year. Who would have ever thought that the answer to the question “What do you see?” could possibly have been dominated by the devastation of COVID-19. At that time, we were just beginning to hear about some mysterious “bat flu” in an unfamiliar Chinese province. What a difference a few months can make. By March we were seeking the safety of our homes, adapting to a virtual environment, binge-watching television series we never had time to engage, and worrying that the virus would strike a member of our family.
It seems the New Year gives us license to wipe the slate clean, do something better in the upcoming year than we did in the expired year, and generally improve life for ourselves or those for whom we are responsible. Resolutions often consist of losing weight (the most frequently made and broken), increasing savings (tough to do in these times), read more (television often defeats a good book), and generally treat those around us with more respect, love, and admiration (disappointed myself with this and how much more I could have done).
After COVID, I am opting to set the bar lower this New Year’s. My resolutions are more attainable. I want to have more “wins.” With that in mind, here are my top five 2021 Resolutions.
Close the dishwasher door consistently. Living by myself, I tend to get lazy and closing the dishwasher door has become evidence of such. After too many shin bruisings, it is time to make it a habit to close the dishwasher door. Attainable, low hanging fruit.
Make the bed each morning. Why make the bed since you are only getting back into it in 16 (or 20) hours? I share a house with six cats and a Chihuahua. They like the bed. I end up with fur on the sheets. Making the bed is really just shed control.
Vacuum every day that’s divisible by three. My vacuuming schedule is not as regimented as the above shedders require. My resolution will help me de-fur the house. With six cats (damncats is all one word in my vocabulary), vacuuming is an essential life skill.
Ride my bicycle to the College 40 times this year. I live but a mile away. This should be an easily attained goal. In 2020, I only made it 12 times, so my target is ambitious.
Organize our family pictures. Last summer, I sorted the thousands we have, both print and electronic. Now it is time to organize. By the way, I have a full file box of cat pictures.
Of course, I will strive to lose 10 pounds, read 25 books, visit with the kids more, increase donations to charity, and exercise six days a week.
I urge you to go out on a limb, stretch yourself, aim high, make some resolutions that will improve your quality of life, or the quality of life for those around you. We owe it to ourselves. Just make a few of them easily attainable.