Woodie Guthrie’s New Year “Rulin’s” Will Help You Make 2018 Your Best Year Yet

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We are halfway into the new year and some of us have already given up on our New Year’s resolutions. But that doesn’t mean it’s too late to have life changing 2018. In 1943, Woody Guthrie wrote down 33 “rulin’s” to live by over the next year that really will remind you of what matters. And you know what? Not one of ’em has to do with weight loss.


Now, I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with weight loss, but sometimes it’s better to “learn people” or “dream good.” And, shoot, wouldn’t we all be better off if we danced better (#26) and stayed glad (#18)?

Guthrie saved his best advice for last, the real thing you have to focus on no matter what you are trying to achieve: wake up and fight.

Here’s to 2018, the best year yet to come.

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 cloths often
13. Read lots good books
14. Listen to radio a lot
15. Learn people better
16. Keep rancho clean
17. Dont 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 dont 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