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LJI Week 3: New Year's Resolutions

This is my entry for this week in LJ Idol, Friends & Rivals (therealljidol). we got to select from a variety of topics, and I chose "Panglossian."




New Year's Resolutions

This year...

You will burn off every ounce of extra fat
You will finally declutter
You will get a better job
You will balance your checkbook
You will quit smoking
You will repair all relationships
You will teach and inspire your children
You will find all lost objects
You will correct your pet's behavior problems
You will plant a garden
You will paint a masterpiece
You will buy a massage table
You will win a scholarship
You will become a master at chess
You will teach your cat to respond to its name
You will make 20 new best friends
You will fall in love
You will have a restful mind
You will travel to an exotic land
You will master new customs and new languages
You will learn the Whip and the Nae Nae
You will take a proper portrait of your family
You will write a song that isn't about heartbreak
You will take your little cousin to Japan
You will turn to stardust
You will communicate telepathically
You will live in a forest and eat berries
You will balance an Oscar on your face
You will forgive someone for something unforgivable
You will visit Sesame Street
You will ride an ostrich
You will see an actual ghost
You will make peace with your body
You will become an optimist
You will hike to the top of Half Dome in Yosemite
You will invent high-heeled shoes that don't hurt
You will hug a panda
You will build a fire in a cold, dark place
You will play flamenco guitar
You will see the aurora borealis
You will find the Fountain of Youth
You will have a herd of bulldogs
You will travel astrally
You will be hip
You will do a spontaneous dance routine
You will find the stories within the stories

You will be proud of yourself
You will forgive yourself
You will believe in yourself
You will heal




In part, this is a found poem. I started off with some of the most common resolutions, got some suggestions from my sister and a friend, added on some "wants" generated by my Sims 2 characters, and finally added some wishes from the site Before I Die, which for some odd reason is best viewed on a smart phone. Then I arranged them in the order I felt worked best, in order to capture that spirit of optimism that overwhelms so many of us at the start of a new year.

Comments

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leni_ba
Dec. 29th, 2015 04:01 am (UTC)
This is a great take of the prompt! *thumbs up*
alycewilson
Dec. 29th, 2015 08:24 am (UTC)
Thank you! I had fun with it.
adoptedwriter
Dec. 29th, 2015 05:11 am (UTC)
I'd like to be telepathic and see a ghost. AW
alycewilson
Dec. 29th, 2015 08:26 am (UTC)
Then you should join my family! Although we lean more towards clairvoyance than telepathy.

Edited at 2015-12-29 08:27 am (UTC)
muchtooarrogant
Dec. 29th, 2015 06:44 pm (UTC)
What a fun list. I smiled at several, and was engaged with the format until the very end.

Happy New Year!

Dan
alycewilson
Dec. 30th, 2015 12:41 am (UTC)
Thanks! I was hoping people would enjoy it.
bleodswean
Dec. 29th, 2015 08:42 pm (UTC)
Oh, A!! This is really wonderfully done. It is such an amazing list - from serious to poignant to fun to ultimately calmly healing. FANTASTIC job!
alycewilson
Dec. 29th, 2015 11:20 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I wanted it to be fun but also contain some serious goals that many people try to achieve, as well as some things that are personally important to me right now. I'm glad you think I managed to find the balance.
inteus_mika
Dec. 30th, 2015 12:53 am (UTC)
Eclectic list, some relatable, a few perhaps not. Had to Google NaeNae. Neat concept.
alycewilson
Jan. 3rd, 2016 11:59 pm (UTC)
Doing the Nae Nae came from my sister. Glad you liked the idea.
eternal_ot
Dec. 30th, 2015 12:54 pm (UTC)
This was FUN..:) you captured the Panglossian spirit really well. Kudos!
alycewilson
Jan. 4th, 2016 12:01 am (UTC)
Thank you so much! That was my goal.
whipchick
Dec. 30th, 2015 03:52 pm (UTC)
So much yes - both in remembering to make resolutions, and in remembering to limit them. Happy New Year!
alycewilson
Dec. 30th, 2015 05:43 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Happy New Year to you!

You got what I was doing. We often over reach at the beginning of the year and then kick ourselves for failing to achieve unrealistic goals.

Thwn again, if you can lose all your extra weight or quit smoking, why can't you also learn to travel astrally or see a ghost?
tijuanagringo
Dec. 30th, 2015 10:54 pm (UTC)
list, list, if ever thou didst
.
What wonderful wishes and resolutions.
Yes, it is a poem.
A list poem.
.
alycewilson
Dec. 31st, 2015 02:25 am (UTC)
Re: list, list, if ever thou didst
Thanks! Yes, I wanted to do a list poem, because I felt the cumulative effect would convey what I wanted to get across.
kathrynrose
Dec. 31st, 2015 01:53 am (UTC)
You will teach your cat to respond to its name

Oh, the cat knows how. The cat chooses not to. :)
alycewilson
Dec. 31st, 2015 02:19 am (UTC)
I see you are wise in the ways of cats.
halfshellvenus
Dec. 31st, 2015 08:42 pm (UTC)
Hah-- teaching a cat to respond to its name. Ours came to us apparently not knowing even "kitty" (at age 4).

I'd love to achieve #1 and #2, and others I want are more remote but just as unlikely: hugging a panda, astral projection. The Aurora Borealis is almost as far-fetched becase we live too far south.

I liked the concluding stanza best of all. Hard to achieve, but so worthwhile.
alycewilson
Jan. 4th, 2016 12:03 am (UTC)
I share some of those same desires. We are so optimistic at the beginning of a year, I wanted to expand that even larger.
rayaso
Jan. 1st, 2016 06:23 pm (UTC)
What a great list! I could join you in so many items. I too would like our cat to learn its names. I has accumulated several, which could be the problem.
alycewilson
Jan. 4th, 2016 12:15 am (UTC)
I don't have that problem with my cat, but my son has about a dozen nicknames: Little Bear, Bunny, Spanky, Hamster, Hammy, etc., etc.
murielle
Jan. 3rd, 2016 03:17 am (UTC)
You made me smile, wish, shudder, sigh and feel good.

Wow!

Loved the last four, but this, this made me glow.

Beautiful.
alycewilson
Jan. 4th, 2016 12:20 am (UTC)
Thanks! That is so good to know. I wanted to take New Year's resolutions to an incredible, fantastic level. Plus, I personally needed a little optimism in my life.
murielle
Jan. 4th, 2016 01:12 am (UTC)
"You will turn to stardust"

I'm so sorry. Something went wrong with my quote. The above is what made me glow. :-)
alycewilson
Jan. 4th, 2016 01:39 am (UTC)
Oh, cool! I'm fond of that one myself.
dmousey
Jan. 3rd, 2016 07:26 pm (UTC)
I like your resolutions! (Smiling) Happy happy! Peace~~~D
alycewilson
Jan. 4th, 2016 12:21 am (UTC)
Thank you! Peace to you, as well.
tonithegreat
Jan. 5th, 2016 05:41 am (UTC)
I love this! You arranged a really nice variety of things and putting them into second person made it nicely engaging. I want to hike to the top of Half Dome! Heck, I want to climb! I bet there was something here for everyone.
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