I seldom write New Year’s Resolutions because they tend to state all the things I haven’t been doing and want to do differently but probably won’t.

So here is what I would like to do.

Take better care of my health.

Ride my indoor bike 20 minutes every day. Every day.

Walk outdoors at least a mile a day (which I do by walking my 100-pound dog Mitzi).

Read fiction.

Spend less time blogging.

Lose weight.

Eat healthy food.

Eat less chocolate.

Those are my hopes and resolutions.

Here is what I am certain I will do.

Be fearless on behalf of others who are afraid to speak up.

I have nothing to lose. I’m in the closing years of my life. I don’t want anything. I don’t want an appointment. I don’t want a political plum. I have enough money to live comfortably. I can’t be bought. I want to use my freedom from want to help others. That’s my wish and my resolution.

I probably won’t lose weight. I probably won’t exercise as much as I should. I feel my age overtaking me. My hair is gray, my gait is not what it used to be. Breaking my left knee in 2014 definitely impaired my mobility. Tearing the miniscus in my right knee doubled the trouble.

But I’m not retiring. No way. I’ll support parents and teachers as they fight for their kids, their public schools, and better education. I will use my pen and my computer to fight against competition for resources and hunger games. I will give my last full measure of strength to doing what’s right. Not for a few. But for all.