Editorial: You say you want a resolution

It’s good to have 2021 goals – just keep them realistic

In a few days, most of us will happily wave goodbye to 2020 and welcome in 2021.

And, as is tradition, many of us will make resolutions. And, as is tradition, many of those resolutions will fall by the wayside long before 2022 is even a thought.

It’s OK to dream big. It’s OK to really believe, even for only a day or so, that you’re going to take better care of yourself, spend more time with friends and family (even if it’s virtual), stop global warming, bring about world peace or whatever else you want to do.

Without dreams, nothing really gets accomplished.

It’s also OK to realize, after a few days or weeks, that we’ve bitten off more than we can chew. Maybe a daily workout is a bit too much. And that global warming thing is going to take up a lot more time than we thought.

But there are resolutions, meaningful resolutions, that really aren’t that difficult to keep: Those are the ones we should make.

For example, we all can make a difference without breaking a sweat. We have a can of food in the pantry we can donate to a food drive, or spare change we can drop into a collection bucket.

Politically, 2021 won’t be nearly as active as 2020 without a presidential election on the horizon, but it’s still important to get involved and vote – especially at the local level, where most of the decisions that affect you every day are made.

And you probably won’t completely exhaust yourself by just being a kind and nice person. A little less aggressive behind the wheel. A bit more understanding when someone with 12 items gets in the 10 items or less food store lane. A dab more patience and understanding before leaving a comment on an internet post.

Resolutions aren’t for superheroes, who probably don’t need to go to the gym every day anyway. They’re for regular people to improve themselves and the world around them the best they can.

This year, let’s make some resolutions that will both make us better and last more than a few weeks.