Hearing New Year's Resolutions from someone else is a little like them telling me all the details of one of their dreams: a complete lack of perspective. Unless the person is very close to me the dreams (and the resolutions) cannot possibly be fully understood or given the proper amount of empathy.
I can pretend, of course. I can say the right words, type the correct responses, wish the resolutes well.
I might even quote a little Ben Franklin:
"Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each new year find you a better man. "
or try to be cute and go the Oscar Wilde route:
"Good resolutions are simply checks that men draw on a bank where they have no account."
The options are fairly endless.
But it all leaves me feeling false.
So, this year, I'm coming at it a little differently.
First, I'm not going to list my resolutions for all the world to see. They are mine. And I really don't think you want to hear about them anyway.
Second, I wish you all the best in your 2011! If I don't reply directly to your resolution blog post/Facebook update/Tweet, etc. it's because I don't want to be false. But I really do wish you well.
Hmm... I guess this post is sort of a resolution in itself. I just told you all something I'm doing differently this year.
Kind of a paradox.
Sorry about that.
P.S. - Let's kick some ass this year, shall we?