Let Woody Guthrie’s New Year’s Resolutions For 1942 Inspire You To Change Your Socks, Beat Fascism, And “Wash Teeth If Any”

If you already sprained your ankle on the treadmill and treated yourself to a fresh pack of cigarettes to numb the pain, you might want to consider taking a page, literally, from Woody Guthrie. His illustrated list of “New Year’s Rulin’s” for 1942 includes goals both delightfully mundane (“take bath”; “dance better”) and potentially world-changing (“beat fascism”). My personal favorite has to be “dream good.” Totally writing that in big letters on the wall of my office. Check out the full list after the jump…

1. Work more and better
2. Work by a schedule
3. Wash teeth if any
4. Shave
5. Take bath
6. Eat good — fruit — vegetables — milk
7. Drink very scant if any
8. Write a song a day
9. Wear clean clothes — look good
10. Shine shoes
11. Change socks
12. Change bed clothes often
13. Read lots good books
14. Listen to radio a lot
15. Learn people better
16. Keep rancho clean
17. Don’t get lonesome
18. Stay glad
19. Keep hoping machine running
20. Dream good
21. Bank all extra money
22. Save dough
23. Have company but don’t waste time
24. Send Mary and kids money
25. Play and sing good
26. Dance better
27. Help win war — beat fascism
28. Love mama
29. Love papa
30. Love Pete
31. Love everybody
32. Make up your mind
33. Wake up and fight

[Laughing Squid]