Tiny, manageable resolutions for 2021

A dog with a mournful expression wearing a Happy New Year hat.

So how is 2021 so far? Pretty OK? No different? Colder?

I am once again writing to you from the past, as I am off for the New Year’s Day holiday. And even though the calendar still says 2020, my brain has already checked out of this year and moved on to 2021.

I’m not really the kind of person who makes New Year’s resolutions. The best thing I can say about them is that they gave us that episode of “Friends” where Ross makes a resolution to try something new everyday and ends up in a pair of way too-tight leather pants.

Even if I were that type, I don’t think 2021 is the year for big sweeping declarations to change our lives for the better. It’s the year of small, incremental changes that slowly make life better, like, say, delivering a vaccine, one vulnerable population at a time.