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I resolve to ... not make resolutions

January 01, 2006|By Kristin Wilson

kristinw@herald-mail.com

Some people are just perfect the way they are.

So why mess with perfection and make a New Year's resolution that would change such a masterpiece?

Not everyone is going to be starting their day today, Jan. 1, with a resolution for 2006. Some people feel they have nothing to improve upon, others are sick of making resolutions only to slide right back into bad habits, and others feel it's healthier to focus on what they are not going to change in their life than on being constantly critical of their shortcomings.

The Herald-Mail found that Tri-State area residents had lots of ideas about what they were not going to resolve to do this year. Some are keeping bad habits and others are keeping their quirks.

But, as Berkeley Springs, W.Va., resident Jim Morton puts it, "If you lead a good, clean life you don't need to make a New Year's resolution."

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Here are some of the things local people will still be doing one year from now:

n "I'm not stopping smoking cigarettes," says Alisha Buckley, 18, of Greencastle, Pa. "I can't stop smoking,"

n Thirteen-year-old Jessica Aikens expects her wallet to be hurting this time next year: "I'm not going to stop spending money," says Jessica of Martinsburg, W.Va.

n Sometimes a little compulsion is a good thing. "I'm really clean about everything," says Chad Bikle, 16, of Halfway. "I'm kind of OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder). I'm not going to change that."

n Some members of the Gent family have things they are definitely not going to change, while others are looking to make improvements.

"I'm not going to lose weight. I don't want to," says Kasee Gent, 19. Her mom agrees resolutions are overrated: "I don't intend to change very much," says Dana Gent of Bunker Hill, W.Va.

Kasee's brother, Caleb Dembeck, 10, does have a resolution. He's going to try and "be nicer to my sister," he says.

n Terri Hyne of Greencastle, Pa., has thought long and hard about making some changes in her life for 2006, but in the end: "I'm not going to change my address. I'm not going to change my husband. I'm definitely not going to stop eating chocolate," says Hyne.

Hyne's sister, Susanne Smith, who was visiting from Severn, Md., says she has no plans to give up some of the addictive substances she enjoys.

"I wouldn't give up my coffee or my chocolate," Smith says.

n "I'm just going to try to be as good a boy as I was last year," says Jim Morton of Berkeley Springs, W.Va. "If you lead a good, clean life you don't need to make New Year's resolutions," he reasons. Besides, "If you know you're doing something wrong, why wait till New Year's to change it?" he adds.

Hazel Morton, Jim Morton's wife, plans to keep her job as a Spanish teacher at Warm Springs Middle School in Berkeley Springs.

"I'm going to keep being nice to my students and have fun with them," she says.

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