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Easy New Year’s Resolutions

by Michelle Hogmire

Well, here we are again: the end of an old year and the start of a new one—2015 being particularly odd. In order to avoid making egregiously impossible New Year’s resolutions that we’ll inevitably break, disappointed by our lack of resolve, let’s all agree to a few simple guidelines, for the betterment and preservation of our fallible species in 2016 and beyond.

  1. Do not vote for Donald Trump.
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  3. Get rid of all winter coats and buy more shorts to wear during the upcoming year-round heatwave.
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  5. Stay away from Bill Cosby.
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  7. Don’t get sucked into watching Empire. Or at least, try not to.
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  9. Get a marriage license from Kim Davis.
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  11. Actually read/learn about ISIS and the European refugee crisis before forming an opinion.
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  13. Don’t pretend to be a member of another race. Or at least, try not to.
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  15. Make a personal visit to Pope Francis. Demand a similar amount of media coverage.
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  17. Don’t bring up that white/gold or blue/black dress because people finally forgot about the damn thing.
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  19. Never use the hashtag #AllLivesMatter because… no shit. Not the point.
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  21. Is weed seriously not federally legal yet? Good god…
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  23. Learn to dig tunnels like El Chapo.
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  25. By all means, shoot guns: just not at people.
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  27. Read all of Hillary Clinton’s emails. Every. Single. One.
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  29. And if you ever get discouraged, just remember this: if Paul Ryan can become Speaker of the House, then you can do anything.

Michelle Hogmire is a literary agent assistant at Barbara Braun Associates and the Business Manager for Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art. She grew up in West Virginia and has a BA in Creative Writing from Marshall University. She currently attends the MFA program at Columbia University and lives in New York City.

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