New Year's resolutions from Holiday Retirement residents
The new year is upon us, and with it comes commentary about where 2014 went and what people are hoping to accomplish this year. According to yougov.com, some of the most popular New Year’s resolutions are to: lose weight, volunteer to help others, save money, get fit, take a trip, and eat healthy food—some of which may even be on your list of 2015 resolutions.
Residents of Holiday Retirement communities are a diverse, fun-loving, and fascinating group of people. To kickoff 2015, we wanted to hear what our residents have declared as New Year’s resolutions. They ranged from thought provoking, to sweet, to tongue-in-cheek and comical:
Joyce L., age 81, from Quincy Place in Denver, Colo., reminds us to not sweat the small stuff.
“My New Year’s resolution is a simple one, and one I try to achieve each day: ‘Don’t let the small things upset your life, have fun.’ I enjoy people and am a cheerful person, and I enjoy my life. I am happy to take an active part in activities and our community. I have fun with my neighbors and friends. Why not? There is no reason to bring life down. Just have fun, even if your upstairs neighbor feeds the squirrels by throwing food out onto my patio. It’s just not worth ruining your day by being upset over it.”
Residents of Fig Garden in Fresno, Calif., keep it simple with their 2015 goals.
David P., age 65, just wants to “try not to be my old self. Be good.” And Lorraine T., age 84, plans “to stop focusing on why and remember how blessed I am.”
For Joan B., age 87, from The Woods at Canco in Portland, Maine, 2015 is all about communication.
“Contact all my children—and that’s quite a few!”
Bob V., age 80, from Whiterock Court in Dallas makes his New Year’s resolutions with a healthy dose of sarcasm.
“1. Make a reservation for a trip to the Antarctica. 2. Find a recipe for penguin.”
Bill Z., age 87, from Quincy Place keeps it realistic by making a New Year’s resolution every day instead of once a year.
“My thoughts concerning New Year’s resolutions: I don’t make them anymore because when I used to, I never kept them and always suffered the torment of guilt. It may be unrealistic and inaccurate, but I think that I make a New Year’s resolution every morning when I wake and plan my day. I may have reached that degree of sophistication and wisdom which permits me to think that New Year’s resolutions are a joke, perpetrated on humankind by persons of evil intent.”
Nita A., age 87, from Whiterock Court is simply honest.
“I’m not making a New Year’s resolution because you can’t improve upon perfection.”
Helen D., age 91, from Whiterock Court is a creature of habit with her New Year’s resolutions.
“Always the same every year: to keep on keepin’ on. Other [resolutions] are well meant but seldom kept. If you can’t keep them, don’t make them. Why give yourself the worry?”
Many residents gently remind us that there is always room for improvement.
Betty A., age 87, from The Woods at Canco, is making a point in 2015 to “try and be nicer to people,” while Alice T., age 75, from Andover Place in Little Rock, Ark., has a resolution to “be more tolerant of those who are different from me.”
Lu S., age 87, from The Woods at Canco simply wants to “be more aware of the people around me and what I do to help.” And finally, LeeAnn I., age 80, from Andover Place is taking the opportunity in 2015 to “look for the positive and be grateful for even the small things.”
Regardless of your New Year’s resolutions and whether or not you keep them for the year, we wish all of our residents, their friends, and loved ones a happy 2015 and invite you to learn more about a Holiday Retirement near you!
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