I’m not one to set New Year’s resolutions, mostly because I know I’ll never follow through with them.
Typically, setting a resolution is only setting myself up for failure. At my age, I ought to know better!
This year, however, I’ve decided to set just one goal. I’ve decided to officially quit farming … virtual farming, that is.
Earlier this week, I announced to all my FarmTown friends on Facebook that I quit. No longer will I plant beet seeds and harvest them every four hours on my days off. No longer will I plant asparagus at night, only to get up in the morning and harvest the crop before work. No more potato plantings, strawberry seedings or pumpkin picking.
Said one of my Facebook friends, "I’ll believe it when I see it!"
That’s as good as a double-dog-dare, so I must, I must, I must commit to quit!
I’ve told my friends to quit sending me FarmTown gifts so that I’m not tempted to sign in, accept gifts and plant seeds just "one more time!"
Just to show how much they listen, I’ve received three fuel tanks in the last 24 hours. Oh, I know they’re trying to tempt me, but I’m not taking the bait!
After seven months, I’d made it to Level 41 in FarmTown … midway through the rank of Absolute Farmer. I don’t quite know what that means, but it’s a higher rank than virtuoso, which I didn’t think was a very good name for a farmer anyway.
I’ve tried several times to quit farming this year, but then the makers of FarmTown added goats and, well, I just had to have some. I almost quit a while later, but then they added Halloween decorations. The third time, it was the addition of a pretty red combine that I just had to have parked on my farm.
Then it was patches of snow, wrapped gifts, snow-covered pine trees and poinsettia plants. Pretty soon I had so much stuff on my virtual farm that when I tried to do anything, a little window popped up on my computer that said Low Virtual Memory. And then there were the computer crashes.
Enough! Enough, I say. It came to the point that farming wasn’t fun anymore. It was frustrating, it was time-consuming and I never accomplished anything. It’s not like being able to finish a good book or complete a stitching project. I was racking up coins that I couldn’t spend because my farm was already full of stuff, and I was throwing away hours of time that could have been spent more productively.
Now that I’ve shared my New Year’s resolution, I must stick to it. My Facebook friends are watching!