I wrote this New Year Resolution poem in 2012 and I am pretty proud of it so I repurpose it every year. I have a penchant for writing silly poems but usually they are quite bad. I liked the way this one turned out and it seems year after year it still rings true. Let me know what you think.
I know you are perfect
The way that you are,
But we all can improve some,
Raise the bar.
You’ll eat healthy foods
Dense with nutrition.
You’llmove your butt more,
You’ll be full of ambition.
You’ll run faster and better,
A new PR achieved.
You’ll lift weights and get stronger
Than you ever believed.
You won’t let the internet
Be so disruptive
To your goals and dreams,
You’ll be more productive!
You’ll read more and write more
With less television.
Less time on the net will be
A conscious decision.
Everything in moderation,
Enjoying this life.
The good and the bad
Will balance out nice
Blah Blah Blah,
We have heard it before.
I think we’ll skip this usual
Let’s talk about the things
That really matter in life.
Family, great friends, and
Being a wife.
This year you’ll resolve
To be the best version of you.
And not compare yourself
To what others do.
You’ll promise to love yourself
Despite all your flaws.
To strive to love others,
You’ll try to put yourself second
To those in your heart.
Give love freely and openly,
For the most part.
You have so much more
Than you could earn or deserve.
You’ll whine less and praise more,
Dear Me, these are our plans
For two thousand seventeen.
I pray for the best year
That we’ve ever seen.
And for YOU out there,
Thanks for reading along.
I wish you happiness
And joy all the yearlong.
Happy New Year, friends!
Like this poem? It helps me when you share!
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