Looking ahead to 2018

It was a cruel turn of events to follow one of the biggest eating holidays (and I do mean days) of the year with a cold blast that just begged for more heavy comfort foods and keeping the oven on for baking. Add to that the impossibility of NOT trying out the latest kitchen gadget received as a gift, and what we’ve got is a whole bunch of food that doesn’t exactly fall into the “healthy” category, absolutely no resistance to the urge to consume it, and no desire to take the usual long walks or jogs around the hill.

Even the dog has to be strongly encouraged to go outside.

Yet today, I’m supposed to be thinking about New Year’s resolutions.

Well, let’s start with the easy stuff. I resolve to read at least half of the stack of books that is accumulating in the “to be read” corner … before this time next year.

Last weekend, someone asked me what I’ve been reading lately, and I stalled because I’ve read about four pages of at least 20 books that are just waiting for me to crack them back open. A lot of it is history that seems like it should be a chronicle of long-ago, irrelevant events … until you take a closer look at the news and realize the ripple effects continue.

I suspect the next year will give me plenty of reason to want to understand those ripples a little better.

I suppose I’ll resolve (can you do that? can you half-heartedly resolve something?) to find some exercise opportunities that do not involve being outside. There is plenty of discarded equipment in the basement from years past. Maybe I’ll just dig out some of that.

And there’s the old standby: resolving to spend a little less and save a little more. I can probably give that a go.

The thing is, people often take the opportunity of New Year’s resolutions to hit the reset button when they are dissatisfied. And this is, indeed, a great chance to do that.

But despite events of the past year I would most certainly change, if it was all up to me, I find myself ending 2017 without the usual feelings of needing to make a bunch of resolution-style changes. I hope that means I am content and not just lazy.

I’m going to go with “content,” even though this weather is making me want to curl into a ball on the couch and not move until April.

So, while I encourage you to use tomorrow as the excuse to make those big-time changes, if you want/need to, this year, I’m starting to understand it’s OK for things to simply be what they are for a while.

I’ll have time enough to work myself into a lather once political season kicks off — the West Virginia legislative session begins in a week and a half, folks; and this year’s midterm elections carry greater implications than any we have seen in many years.

For now, there is another excuse to make a giant meal tomorrow, and I think I’ll get to it.

Happy New Year, everyone!

Christina Myer is executive editor of The Parkersburg News and Sentinel. She can be reached via e-mail at cmyer@newsandsentinel.com