So (clearly) New Years has come and gone, and I’m just wondering – how’s that resolution workin’ out for you? How did sober January go, and how’s that gym membership workin’ out? Alright, enough bitchiness aside, because guess what – I always make a New Year’s Resolution. Okay, you can insert your eye roll here, because they usually are of the “lose weight, save more money, don’t drunk text that guy” standard. Stereotypical? Yes. Achievable? Somewhat – two out of three ain’t bad, as Meatloaf once claimed. But this year I decided to go in a bit of a different direction.
As the days of 2018 weaned down, I started some deep inner reflection. I knew that my resolution for 2019 had to be better than years past: everything had just become so mundane and repetitive. I was stuck in a resolution rut: each year I would set up a goal that for me, wasn’t all that achievable because when it really came down to it… I wasn’t motivated enough to really try. Instead of looking forward to going to the gym, I would absolutely dread it and set myself to be a miserable asshole for the first few weeks of the year. I’d save some money during the first few months, but then wedding season approaches and I have 12 different events to go to. Dammit, 2019 had to be better: I wanted to do something that I actually want to do. I’m not supposed to hate my resolution, I’m supposed to love it: I’m a freaking Millennial, dammit. We don’t want to chain ourselves to anything that we don’t like. And as I prepared to tear down the 2018 calendar and toss into the fire, to smolder and burn out as the minutes ticked away, I set myself to come up with a resolution that I would actually enjoy.
Eh, so what do I like to do? Shop! Okay, that’s going to cost money, which is a bit counterproductive. Cook! But I’m currently cooking for one, and that’s a lot of food for just one person, and getting fatter is not part of my 2019 plan. Hmm, I like to drink beer, but that’s going to cost me money and make my ass even fatter than it is, so double whammy, that’s out. I like to paint, but I’m fresh out of money for supplies and time as of late. Maybe I could learn to code? Learn to knit? Or just go for a fucking run? Again, I’ll go back to a serious lack of free time as of late. I barely have time to make dinner, watch TV, and tweet.
TV… Movies… Two things I really like. Both usually don’t take much brainpower. Shows and people I like on TV, yet also don’t make my brain mush… This is harder. I have an eclectic taste in movies, I like all of the genres. Okay, so what actor or actress has been in practically every genre? Drama, comedy, fantasy, suspense, action, epics, and… ~*rom-com*~?!? Well, I can think of at least one man off the top of my head… Tom Hanks. Yes, America’s dad, Tom Hanks; he is my answer for 2019. This year I am going to watch every Tom Hanks film. It’s simple, it’s easy, and fuck it, it’s going to be fun.
Listen, this is my resolution, and it’s something that I know that I can do and more importantly, I want to do. I tend to get a little stressed out every now and then; I know how to relax, don’t get me wrong, but I don’t often do it. I’m actually looking forward to this little project, for a little me time. And I’ve also decided that every time that I watch one of his movies, I am going to set aside two dollars for a little savings account, and complete some sort of physical activity, whether it be planking, squats, push-ups, whatever. This is a win-win all around.
To be clear, I’m going to start by watching the movies that Tom Hanks has starred in, not produced, and I am not trying to view in his movies in sequential order. And yes, cartoons, do count. Why Tom Hanks, you ask? Simple: Uh, why the fuck not? I’ve seen most of his movies, but there are some I’ve never seen. Tom Hanks’ films hold a special nook in my heart for nostalgic reasons, and I can’t wait to rewatch them. Tom Hanks is a national treasure, and most importantly, he is America’s dad. He’s Woody, he’s Forrest, and he’s Joe Fox. Tom Hanks runs the cinematic gauntlet from drama to comedy, and most important, he has starred in some amazing rom-coms. Tom Hanks makes my heart happy, and truly, that’s my goal for 2019.