Almost every single one has something to do with my mouth—either what goes in it, or what comes out of it.
I’m speaking about New Year’s resolutions.
Nobody with a belly button is perfect, therefore everyone could stand a little self-improvement. The amount of fixing I need could fill the Grand Canyon with enough left to fill every mayonnaise jar in North America.
So, I decided to improve myself and my year by making a few resolutions. And the making of them caused me to look back at past resolutions which is when I started to suss out a theme. Many of them concerned not speaking, speaking (much more likely), and eating.
Oral fixation for $1200, Alex.
I resolve to forgo all those extra calories in my mom’s Christmas cookies. So for the foreseeable future, I’ll be saving the calories by skipping lunch and supper and eating cookies in their place.
I resolve to remember that I am not the hall monitor of the world. In the unlikely event, someone asks for my advice, I will happily give it. But I will no longer offer unsolicited; my judgments, warnings, and wisdom.
Unless I cut this out, and quick, I face the very real risk of becoming that person; the one who always knows what’s best, knows what you’re doing wrong, and knows the right way things should go.
Nobody likes this guy or is happy to see him. The people around him are constantly looking for reasons to leave, “OMG, would you look at the time? I need to pick up my friend from the airport, and help a co-worker move.”
That guy’s like the biter in kindergarten. That kid never gets invited to birthday parties.
I vow to shut up, be present, and listen. Far too often in a conversation with someone, I get very enthusiastic, and that causes me to interrupt them. That’s rude and annoying. And many times I only half-listen while I feverishly think about what I’ll say next. Then I jump in by interrupting. It’s a vicious, irritating circle.
I promise to put down that plastic and back away. I might put it in cart, but I really need to stop proceeding to checkout. I need no more bottoms, no more tops, and no more shoes (Really? No new shoes? Yes really. Now shut up and pretend you’re a grownup). I have enough dog walking/play clothes to walk every dog in North Carolina in clean clothes—twice a day.
Who knew shopping in one’s pajamas could be such a dangerous proposition? Amazon, thou art an evil temptress.
One year from today I’d like to have regained my fluency in Spanish. When we moved to North Carolina in 1979, after three years in Puerto Rico and three more in San Diego, I could read a Spanish-language book and carry on a conversation in Spanish. I spent a week in Mexico without speaking a word of English.
After decades of disuse, much of it has been forgotten. My goal is to be able to freely converse with the young woman at my local panaderia (bakery). I’d like to be able to order a pastry without accidentally telling her that my cupcake has fleas (it totally doesn’t).
Finally, after years of writing about food, this year I want to learn the skills to make me a better photographer of all things edible. I want people to look at my pix and think, “Holy cow that looks delicious!”, and not “I can never unsee that and I may never eat again.”
Here’s to growth and change in 2020!
Thanks for your time.
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