HJ-ED-DHJHerald Journal Columns
January 1, 2007

Time for those New Year’s changes

By Aaron Schultz

Alright, I’m really going to follow through with all of them this year, and I mean it.

Yeah, we all know that I am probably not going to follow through with all of them, but I know I’ll stick with one this year.

Every year I have tried to, as the tradition calls for, make a New Year’s Resolution, and keep it.

However, my resolution keeping ability is right there with my long-distance running ability.

I say to myself I am going to do it, start strong for a very short time, then get tired (or tired of it), and better luck next time.

Despite already knowing that the likelihood of me keeping these resolutions are slim, I still need to make them.

Why you might ask? Well, I’ve been asking myself that same thing and what I’ve come up with is if not now, then when?

This seems as good a time as any to take a look at one’s life, and attempt to make it better.

I appear not to be alone in this thinking since millions of Americans will be doing the same thing.

And yes, if millions of Americans were jumping off a bridge, I would too.

I guess I’m just not that original to do something that is not the norm.

In my defense, New Year’s resolutions have been around for a long, long time.

The history of New Year’s resolutions can be traced back to the ancient Babylonians, who used to celebrate the birth of the new year by returning one item they had borrowed from a friend.

No, I’m not making this up, I actually know this for some reason. Something must have stuck with me in college.

Oh, before I go into my resolutions, I’ll let you know why I pick several resolutions – there are two reasons.

The first reason is that I have a lot of things I can improve about myself, so it doesn’t seem fair to pick just one.

Finally, the second reason is by making several resolutions I have a better chance of sticking with one.

Now, to the all-important resolutions.

The first, and most important one, is to get into some kind of shape.

The big reason I need to get into shape, besides all the good health reasons, is for baseball.

I have come to the realization that I just don’t have too many years left of playing baseball, at least at any kind of level that would make it worth me playing.

Don’t get me wrong, they will probably have to drag me out of the dugout before I actually hang up my spikes, but I want to be able to play.

So, I have four choices – get into a little bit of shape so I can compete with the younger guys for playing time; just hang out in the dugout and watch, getting in from time-to-time; as manager, just put myself in the game and piss off my teammates; or walk away from the Winsted Wildcats and look for a team that isn’t very good.

I’m sure some of those choices will sound pretty good when I’m running and probably throwing up, but the only choice I want is to compete for playing time.

My next resolution is one I know I’m going to keep. That is to be better prepared as a baseball coach.

Last spring was my first as the head high school baseball coach at Lester Prairie, and looking back after the season I wished that I had prepared myself better.

Since this resolution not only affects me, but my kids (baseball players), it is a resolution that I have already started, and will be keeping – no doubt about it.

Next on the resolution list is something work related.

There are a number of things at work that I can do better, but I made a decision to chose just one, for now, to improve.

What I picked seems pretty simple, but in my five years here at Herald Journal I have yet to do.

Alright, enough with the suspense. What I plan on doing is making sure I write a column every week.

While it may seem like a simple task, even to me, when I get backed up, especially in the spring and summer, it is the one thing I always skip.

But I have confidence that this is going to be the year I will be able to follow through with it. The big reason is that I now have a computer at home, so I can write my columns at night, which will help.

Okay, this final resolution seems pretty dumb, and I won’t know if I have kept it for almost a year, but I feel I need to make it.

This upcoming fall I am going to get a deer on the opening weekend of deer hunting.

Yeah, it shouldn’t be that simple, just make a resolution to shoot a deer, then shoot one. But, all I usually have to do is make the effort (which I have done for the past couple of years) and I end up getting one.

So, this year I am going to find my rifle, hang my hunting coat outside for a week before the opener, buy a license, and actually make it out in the woods one of the mornings.

Looking at these resolutions, there is not one of them that I shouldn’t be able to keep.

Who knows, maybe 2007 will go down as the year I didn’t just keep one resolution, but followed through with four of them.

If that ends up being the case, then I wouldn’t have to make another resolution until 2011. How sweet would that be?

To everyone, have a great new year!