The majority of New Year's resolutions are not known for their success rates. While research on the subject is sketchy, I would venture to say 80 percent to 90 percent of resolutions are failures. Abandoned resolutions have proliferated to such a degree that a good number of people have given up on the concept.It is not our fault. OK, maybe in an indirect sort of way humans hold some degree of responsibility for the numerous failures, but the real problem is with the resolutions. We simply make the wrong kind of resolutions: I'm going to give up caffeine. I'm giving up smoking. I resolve to be nicer to people. I'm going to stop drinking. I'm going to lose weight, eat right, exercise more. Are these the kind of radical ideas we really want to commit ourselves to?
So, let the resolution revolution begin. We all should be making resolutions we are excited about. No more giving up the necessary evils in our lives. They are necessary for a reason. They keep us sane.
This year I'm going to resolve to do something I want to do. I'm going to an exotic island for vacation. I resolve to go skydiving. I'm going to learn to play the guitar, the flute, and the trumpet. I'm going to hold a 24 marathon for my friends and me. I'm going to sleep until 1 p.m. every Saturday. These are the kinds of things we should be saying every Jan. 1.
So maybe you are inherently against these creative resolutions. Maybe you are one of the true believers. Resolutions are meant to help us improve ourselves. We make them because they are an opportunity to make ourselves better people. So trick yourself. Come on, you're giving yourself too much credit; it's not that hard. Resolve to do something good for yourself; something which is masked in pleasure.
I resolve to give myself a facial once a week. I'm going to do a bike tour of wine country this year. (You may want to consider a secondary resolution of buying a helmet for that one - drinking and bike riding can sometimes be difficult). I'm going to join a karate class this year.
So let's start this year. Who cares that we are already a couple weeks into the new year? Since when did New Year's get the lock down on resolutions anyway? - Amanda Koch (The author is a regular Current contributor.)
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It was refreshing to notice comic art in the paper (Mauled!, Jan. 1). Your publication should continue promoting the alternative comic art scene in New Jersey. There are a variety of places that nurture the obscure scene. More exposure to this dying art would help promote artists and an aspect of culture that is sometimes forgotten. - Jason V., South Orange
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Emmich the Great
Val Emmich will be very famous one day with his good looks and beautiful voice. I saw him at Maxwell's last week and he rocked. He will be New Jersey's next big thing. - Christine G.
Emmich is a talented guy.
My funny Valentine
Any ideas for what to do on Valentine's Day? - Heart on my sleeve
Well, the day before, I know of one interesting event that involves funny anti-Valentine's essays and poems. Stay tuned! It'll be Friday, Feb. 13.
Win concert tickets
Last week's winner, Erica Lawton, correctly answered "The Bends" to last week's question, "What is the best Radiohead album of all time?" Lawton won a pair of tickets to see Daughter at Uncle Joe's in Jersey City on Jan. 8.
For your chance to win a pair of tickets to see Joie Calio of dada at Maxwell's in Hoboken on Jan. 25, correctly answer the following question:
***What was the first band Ricky Martin was in?***
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