Daily Archives: January 6, 2014

5 Things You Need to Do in 2014

Happy New Year! It’s 2014 and we all made through unlucky ’13 alive. Dusty has carried me most of this holiday season on the posts (he’s actually carried me since August) so it’s time to pick it back up. 2104 is the Year of the Horse, so what does that mean? Time to poop and sleep standing up whilst grazing in a field!!!

While wasting time this past Friday afternoon, I sent Dusty a  link to a “25 Resolutions You Need to Keep as a Man” blog post. The irony of this blog post was that the #1 Resolution was something to the effect of “Make your own decisions; don’t let other tell you how to live your life.” Dusty aptly pointed out that he was reading the post not because I said so, or the author said he should, but because he decided to on his own accord.

This post encouraged me, not instructed me, to come up with a few things you should do in 2014 to continue to improve as a human being walking this earth. So, choose to do them, or don’t. But you should.

1. Say Thank You More Often – Or thanks, or I appreciate you/your help or really any rendition of the statement showing your gratitude. Sure, maybe you’re pretty good and handle your own, but chances are people have helped and are still helping. It might be something as minor as the cashier at Food Lion (yeah I shop there) bagging your groceries, but let them know they’re appreciated. People deserve to hear it.

Related point – when tipping, 20% is the new 15%. Stop being a tight ass.

2. Hold the Door for a Stranger – Hell, hold it for a whole group of people. You’re busy, I get it. Holding the door for someone is possibly the easiest, every day way to say to a stranger, “Hey, we’re all in this race together.” Also, “I’m not a giant doucher.”

3. Let your friends and family know you love them – Yeah, you’ll have your share of disagreements and you don’t always have to like them, but they’ve put up with your obnoxious ass for nearly 3 decades. Let em know you appreciate them being part of your world.

4. Actually work out. I’m partial, since I thoroughly enjoy working out. But even if you don’t love it, the benefits are undeniable. Stress relief, weight loss (aka Look Good Naked), make friends, make friends of the opposite sex, etc etc etc. Here are a few tips you might find helpful:

  • Start out with a few days a week
  • Don’t go in on Day 1 and try and run a half marathon or bench press the weight you did in high school (that was 11 years ago, bud)
  • Make it part of your schedule. Whether you go at 6am or at lunch or right after work. Do it at the same time every day. If you don’t make it part of your schedule, it’ll be too easy to say “I got so busy today, I didn’t get a chance to exercise.” And then you’ll say it for 11 consecutive months.

5. Try something you’ve never tried before. This is intentionally vague. I tried Indian food for the first time a few weeks ago. I was always afraid of the spice. Not on the way in, but on the way out. Here’s a list of new things you can try:

  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Sex position
  • Beer
  • Food
  • Sport
  • Soap
  • Workout (see #4)
  • etc etc etc

6. Start a blog. Actually, don’t. That could potentially detract from our readers. So don’t start a blog.

So here’s to 2014, let’s make it great.

Tommy “Are GIFs Still Cool” Cooksey