SENIOR NEWS: Resolve to Live a Less-Serious Life
I’ll share with you what my biggest New Year’s resolution is going to be. I resolve to become less serious this year.
To this end, I’m going to:
–Turn off the television completely at least one day a week. The news is rarely good, and the commercials are increasingly about drugs for serious diseases. If I need to know what the weather will be like tomorrow or the next day, the Weather Channel will let me know without also filling my head with all the more serious news of the day.
–Read humorous authors. To name a few, Rita M. Brown, Fanny Flagg and Garrison Keillor come to mind. The librarian will be able to suggest others, I’m sure.
–Revisit the books of my childhood and see if I still love them. “The Boxcar Children,” a few Nancy Drew mysteries and “Huckleberry Finn” are on my list.
–Subscribe online to a joke a day. They’ll come by email, and they’re promised to be suitable for everyone. I’ll even take a few elephant jokes. (Remember those?)
–Order pizza (or something similar) delivered to my house once a month. No, it’s not on my diet, but that’s the point. On that day I won’t cook or do dishes after dinner.
–Revive my stamp collection. No, I won’t spend a lot of money on it, but there are a few stamps that could fill in some blanks on the pages. It’ll be relaxing to flip through the pages, attend the monthly stamp and coin show, and talk to people who are in love with stamps.
Who knows … I might get to like this less-serious lifestyle. Want to join me? Start making your list!
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