My new year’s resolution is to spend more time fishing

The holidays are over. Thanksgiving was a great get-together with the family and provided us with leftovers to be used in various ways for a week afterward.

I think I could still find a baggie of turkey stuffed away in the freezer somewhere. My wife had performed her usual magic in the kitchen and had all kinds of mouth-watering aromas swirling around the house.  

Likewise, Christmas was great with our whole crew as always. The house was lit up both inside and out and everything looked very Christmassy thanks mostly to the decorating talents of my wife.

But like I said at the start, it’s all over. Time to take all that stuff down and put it away if you haven’t done so already.

The new year is upon us and it’s time to start thinking about those dreaded resolutions and putting them into action.

A new year is always full of promise and hope. Surely this year will be better than the last, we will tell ourselves. Surely this year’s resolutions will not be broken, we’ll say with firm determination.

Most of the time these resolutions that we make involve losing weight or trying to exercise more, or quitting smoking or drinking less, or becoming a better person and so on and so on.

Don’t get me wrong, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with trying to quit smoking or any of the others I mentioned. They are all very noble pursuits and I commend anyone who can stick with any of them for the whole year and achieve their goals, but the painful truth is that a lot of those promises that people make to themselves will be trashed and forgotten by the end of February, if not before.

Let’s face it. Some of us can last the whole year and some of us cannot.

So I think the best thing for us “cannot” people, which I am one of, to do is to make a fun resolution. After all, there’s no law that says they all have to be serious ones. In fact, I’m giving up entirely on those serious ones.

For myself, there is no reason at all for me to even try or even talk about anything that smacks of self-improvement. Believe me, that ship has sailed.

Of course, my wife thinks that I have several areas in which there could be improvements made and that any resolution that I make should involve working on those areas but she, bless her heart, still hasn’t accepted the fact that I’m the best I’m ever going to be and I’m never going to be any better.

She still tries, though. So I’m going entirely with a fun resolution this year. Just one. I’m not going to be greedy and try anymore than that. I think just one will do it for me.

My fun resolution is to spend time fishing during each and every month of the upcoming year.

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