I’ve given up with making new year resolutions. Anyway, I don’t smoke, I don’t drink alcohol, I don’t gamble so there’s not much I could give up. I would never keep to them. Years ago, I used to smoke and I tried many times to stop as part of a new year resolution, and every year it would last about 5 seconds and then I’d be lighting up again. It wasn’t until I was much older and really felt the need to stop smoking that I quit almost immediately, not at new year but in October.
I suppose if I needed to make anything resembling a resolution, it would have to be that I try and have a happier appearance instead of my usual glum sort of misery guts look that comes so natural to me. Before Christmas 2015, I was head hunted by an advertising agency to take part in a campaign to publicize something called ‘Happy Cream’. They thought I had just the right facial expressions to help them sell this stuff. There was however, a slight problem. After using it, I was supposed to have a happy, smiley face, but somehow I didn’t. My facial skin felt tight all over. So my mugshot never ended up on the huge billboards you see lit up at night as you drive past.
And so it is, apart from trying to look a little less glum in 2016, I’m not going to attempt to lose weight, go jogging every morning at 6:30 am, take up Gregorian chanting or any other sort of chanting. It’s just another day, I’m appreciative that I wake up and I can go about my daily business in my normal way. I shall make a conscious effort to smile, though I am not going to go out of my way. I may look like a grumpy old fart, but inside I’m a happy 16 year old.