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A Crap Resolution

It’s New Years so of course I’ve been spending a lot of time thinking about New Years resolutions. I don’t want to. I was actually hoping to avoid them this year since I’m currently batting .000. But they are hard to avoid since talk of them is everywhere.

There is so much I want to do better, so much I want to do new, so much I want to keep doing, and a few things I want to stop doing. To list them all would only intimidate my resolve and I’d be done from the start. And of course is miss something, which would just give me a dull ache in the extremities of my subconscious.

Where the hell do people find the time to constantly tick through the never ending list of self improvement?

But — glory be! — I realized this morning that there is a resolution abstraction that can be made. If I can do one thing moderately well then I will get healthier, keep my thoughts fresh, and have tons of time for all manner of tilting at resolution-like windmills:

Avoid crap.

It’s that simple. I want to do the best I can at avoiding crap. If it isn’t interesting, or needed, or redeeming, or enjoyable, or important to myself or my friends or my family then I don’t want it. This should free up time, emotions, space, calories, etc. and make lots of room for the self improvement that the specifics were all pushing towards.

So there you have it.

In 2014 I resolve to avoid crap.