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The Power of The New Year

The obligatory end of year ramblings - the posts, the articles, the missives, the resolutions and the decress of getting fit, finding new lines of work and clearing out the junk of the previous year - drive me crazy. Mostly, it's the self serving nature of it all; As if the post is necessary to prove who you are as a person. As if, without a rambling, you aren't as human as the rest of us. You're odd. You're off. You probably hate puppies, too.

Well, since I don't want to be accused of puppy hate, allow me to share my thoughts on THE POWER OF THE NEW YEAR! Yes, that's right, everyone. I, Tony Katz, being the least odd, least off, most human of all of us have provided this quick and easy to read list to let you know how great I am and that YOU'RE the one who probably thinks of ways to dispatch of small dogs! Shame on you....thinking of ways to dispatch of small dogs. Shame!

Here are some important things to note about The Power of The New Year:

 - It's true. Anything is possible with a New Year. Heck, anything is possible on October 5th as well, but there is really something to the symbolism. I'm a big fan of "out with the old, in with the new." I just wish people wouldn't wait for the New Year to make it happen. You want change, then change the thing you want changed. Now. Today. Not at midnight standing out in the freezing cold wondering why it is that we drop a ball to celebrate the change of the calendar, and not, you know, flip the page on a giant calendar!

 - Seriously. How cool would that be? A giant calendar in Times Square. Where the page rips off and bursts into flames like Jennifer Lawrence's dress in The Hunger Games! Then, the big "1" representing January 1st just pulsates with light. And fireworks shoot from it. And cannons shoot out deep fried Twinkies on the crowd below. And everyone in Colorado questions whether the pot their smoking is too strong or just totally great!

 - All change has value, which is funny coming from a guy who thinks President Obama's idea of change is the most radical departure from freedom, liberty and decency the United States has ever seen. But, then again, I knew what his change was about, and he wasn't doing it for himself. He wanted to change me. You can't do that. You can only change you. For good or bad. If you have a resolution that involves changing someone else or someone else's circumstance, then you don't want change. You want to be God. 

 - You're not God.

 - Most people want to lose weight at the start of the New Year. That's ok, unless you tell me you want to be skinny. Skinny is awful. It's ugly. It's unsexy. It's diseased. Osama Bin Laden was that who you want to be? Osama Bin Laden? I'm a big guy, and work daily on my health. But skinny is not part of the plan. Don't worry about losing weight. Think about being healthy.

 - Being healthy includes good doses of red meat. And cake. And fried pork tenderloin. Maybe not everyday, but don't deny yourself. I'm not a medical doctor, but I'm pretty sure a diet without red meat, cake and fried pork tenderloin sucks. Don't let your new year suck.

Finally, 2013 was the year I came to the Indianapolis air waves on 93.1FM WIBC. It's the culmination of over three years of hard work and personal, professional and financial sacrifice. I have adored every minute of this night time show. While I don't do resolutions, I do set goals for myself throughout the year. Having my own five day-a-week show was one of those goals for 2013. Goal achieved.

But just wait till you see my goals for 2014. Better yet, wait til I achieve them. I hope you achieve yours. Happy New Year!!

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