Thoughts and a wish for 2020

I don’t make New Year’s resolutions. I don’t like making promises that I don’t know I’ll keep, even if the promise is just to myself.

Sure there are things I want to do. I’ve gained back some of the weight I’ve lost, not a lot, but I’d like to put a stop to that.

I need to better at enjoying life in the moment, and make sure I read more books.

I just don’t like looking at my life on Jan. 1 and saying, “OK, now I have to do all these things” where it’s some kind of failure if I don’t.

Sure, the influx makes things more crowded for a while, and there’s a bit of amateur hour involved, but there are people who go to the gym all the time who insist on doing their kettlebell walks right through the middle of the gym or read the documents that will surely lead to the cure for cancer between sets on the tricep machine.

Suzi and I used to go to a gym that we knew was in trouble when the post-New Year’s crowd looked pretty much the same as the pre-New Year’s crowd, which wasn’t huge to begin with.

No such worries at our current gym. The new owners are sprucing the place up, and attendance looks pretty good most of the time.

The uptick actually started a little before Christmas, with college kids home for holiday break, and the resolutioners will surely start showing up soon.

Sure, the influx makes things more crowded for a while, and there’s a bit of amateur hour involved, but there are people who go to the gym all the time who insist on doing their kettlebell walks right through the middle of the gym or read the documents that will surely lead to the cure for cancer between sets on the tricep machine.

I even had to maneuver around Mr. Dibs recently when his desire to occupy two machines at the same time without the benefit of there being two of him clashed with my desire to use one of the machines he was claiming as his own.

Five-year-old me wouldn’t have known that the Oakland Raiders and Minnesota Vikings won their championship games to go to the Super Bowl on Jan. 1, 1978.

On Jan. 1, 1998, 25-year-old me wouldn’t have been able to look up the Air India explosion 20 years earlier on Google.

Now, of course, you can look up just about anything, so if today’s 25-year-olds want to see what happened on the New Year’s Day from 20 years ago that they probably have no recollection of, they can learn all about Y2K.

I remember it like it was yesterday … or today, just 20 years ago.

Time flies when the world doesn’t end because people noticed a possible a computer glitch and fixed it ahead of time.

I’m tired of seeing bad things happen to good people while those who hurt others because they can or because they want to skate.

Even though I don’t make resolutions, I have one wish or hope or whatever you want to call it.

I want to see the good people win more.

I want to see people who do the right things, work hard and treat others well be rewarded a lot more than they are. I really don’t think that’s too much to ask.

And along with it, yes, I want to see more bad things happen to bad people. Not death and dismemberment — I believe somewhat in karma and even more in schadenfreude, but I’m not a monster — but … something.

I’m tired of seeing bad things happen to good people while those who hurt others because they can or because they want to skate.

Naturally, there’s not a lot I can do to make either of these happen. All I can do is be good to people and hope the good people in my life are rewarded.

So that’s what I’ll try to do. Feel free to do the same.

Happy New Year.

9 thoughts on “Thoughts and a wish for 2020

  1. Making goals and resolutions is hard for me too for the same reason! I’ll just feel guilty if I don’t complete it, so what’s the point? All we can do is try. And try we shall. Happy New Years, Bill ☺️

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