It’s that time of year again. The most optimistic time of the year.
I like to keep my resolutions realistic. I’m not going to get into Star-Lord shape this year. But maybe I can do something to make myself a better person by next December. Here are my resolutions (so far) for 2016.
1) Don’t die before March 25.
That is when Batman v Superman comes out and if I don’t see that, then I’ve wasted my entire life up to this point.
2) Watch 52 movies I haven’t seen before.
I’m a little bit mad about how many good movies I’ve missed lately. 2014 was a monster year for movies and I still haven’t seen any of them. Birdman, Whiplash, The Theory of Everything… I missed them all. I didn’t do much better in 2015. I really like movies and (shh…) I may or may not be working on some film-based projects that need a little more clout. (shh…)
I’m a fan of comedian Doug Benson. In 2015 he committed himself to seeing 365 movies he had not seen before. (He did it.) I don’t have the time to do one movie a day, but I think I can swing one per week. This challenge will be apart from the goal I set in December of seeing all the James Bond movies in 2016 as well. I like Bond, but I haven’t seen most of the movies. So 78 movies next year. At least. Oh boy…
3) Read more.
Some people say you should always be able to answer the question, “what are you reading right now?” I can never answer that question. I don’t read as much as people think I do. I loved reading as a kid, but when I started college I had to read so much that I got sick of it. Now I don’t read at all. If I do pick up a book, I never finish it. I do think that reading makes you smarter and better as a person, so this year I’m committed to always being able to answer that question.
“What are you reading right now?” Feel free to tweet at me during the year asking. If I can’t answer, remind me how much of a failure I am.
(P.S. audiobooks totally count. Right now I’m about halfway through Yes, Please by Amy Poehler.)
4) Be more adventurous.
I spent so much of 2015 working that I almost never saw friends or had any fun. I’m committed to more adventurous activity. Even if money is tight.
5) Work out.
The past two years I have been struggling with depression. In that time I’ve put on a bunch of weight. Honestly, I’m disgusted with myself. Now that my mental and spiritual health are getting back to where I want them to be, I am committed to getting my physical health back on track. It’s not about fat or skinny anymore. It’s about health. I think that’ll make all the difference.
6) Don’t skip any Holy Days of Obligation.
Remember that spiritual health thing? Yeah. It’s been bad. It’s getting better. I’m starting with the basics. I’m sure you’ll hear more about this later in the year.
7) Ask out girls.
Rejection is a bummer, but at least I’m getting good at it.
8) Butt stuff.
I’m really committed to finding a toilet paper that I actually like. I have been thinking about this a lot lately. I have never really had good toilet paper. Well, toilet paper that really gets me. I think everyone should have a toilet paper that suits them. My ass deserves better in 2016.
All of this is to say in 2016, generally, I need to get my shit together.
Happy New Year, Internet.