Others’ resolutions

I never make New Year’s resolutions. If I want to do something then I’ll just start doing it. (This explains why I started recording my steps with a pedometer on April 4, 2007 and why I started photo Project 365 on October 24, 2006.) If I’m not really committed to doing something then it certainly won’t make a difference to start it on January 1.

But yesterday, I got some resolutions handed to me nonetheless. I was at a New Year’s Eve party and everyone was asked to write down their resolutions and put them in a hat. Then we went around and drew resolutions.

Here is what I got:

The resolutions I picked randomly on New Year's Eve

Eat More Green things (and by green, I don’t mean moldy)
Make more stuff

I get the first one and I’m happy to give it a go. I’ve already had some edamame today to comply.

But what does the second one mean? Does writing a book count as making stuff? Or should I be setting up shop at Etsy?

I’m curious, those of you who make New Year’s resolutions, what’s the longest you’ve managed to stay on track? Anyone go a whole year? Any interesting attempts this time around?

4 Responses to “Others’ resolutions”

  1. kathleen Says:

    Resolutions are very last year, I agree, but I like the notion of giving others resolutions. But then, that might be my role everyday anyway.

  2. Jeff Says:

    On Wednesday, the NYTs had an interesting piece on how difficult it is for people to keep resolutions and on how we can try to overcome the odds. Interesting stuff. Anyway, Happy New Year, Eszter!

  3. Alex H. Says:

    I have gotten more shortsighted, and make “January Resolutions.” And your 10K steps inspired me to get back to it. Replaced the battery in my pedometer today…

  4. Resolve to resolve at butterflylike network Says:

    […] After the darkest week of the year, things got brighter and cheerier. Also colder. Like Eszter, I’m not much given to New Year’s resolutions. If there is something I want to do, having that kind of time constraint even gets in my way. For example, let’s say I resolve to blog every day in 2009 and whoops, I forgot to start yesterday so I’ve already missed a day and that’s just instant discouragement. Instead, there are some things I want to continue to do or need to start doing right about now, things brought into sharper relief by the fact that a new year is beginning. […]