Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Mulligan resolutions for 2009

A conversation recently ensued on a friend's Facebook page regarding New Year's resolutions, those odd promises we make to ourselves to be Better People. Or used to: I stopped making them a while back, realizing that anything worth doing is probably worth doing now, rather than waiting until after the Overindulgence Holidays. (Unless it's a promise to stop eating rich foods--that's really an unfair promise to make, particularly if you're going to the GF's family's for Christmas, where the tradition is antipasto and lasagne.)

Anyway, where was I? New Year's resolutions. So, this Very Smart Man (doesn't narrow my friends down much, does it?) noted that his 2009 resolutions looked rather familiar, implying that he was still trying to do some of those things he'd promised himself in past years. The conversation led to this suggestion: Mulligan resolutions.

According to Wikipedia, in a totally unsourced and thus not-exactly-authoritative article, outside of competitive endeavors generally refer to do-overs--an opportunity to redo something one has somehow muffed. (This is different from grade school do-overs, which were generally used to resolve arguments about whether the square ball was in or out.) So, a Mulligan resolution is a second shot at whatever it was you had wanted to do or change or accomplish or stop doing or whatever.

So, rather than making new resolutions for 2009, I offer the following Mulligan resolutions:
1. Drink more water.
2. Do more yoga.
3. Get more exercise.
4. Try new things.
5. Say yes the first time.


Anonymous said...

I like the concept of do-overs . . . although I do wish there were a magical mulligan potion that would allow us to go back in time and warn previous versions of ourselves NOT to do certain things. Now THAT would be useful.

susansinclair said...

Now, I've watched enough time travel movies to know that will only cause more trouble! :)