Marco Rima and his resolutions for 2020

The Swiss comedian and actor Marco Rima reveals when, despite good intentions, he gives in to temptation, and why he really wants to get back on stage after a break in Australia. Plus: tips from Swiss Post health manager, Iris Perner.

Sandra Gonseth

Marco Rima, have you already come up with a New Year’s resolution?

I don’t know if it’s an age thing – I’ve already got 58 years under my belt – but to be perfectly honest, all I want for the coming years is good health, good health and even more good health. What’s the good of a great resolution if your body isn’t up to it? That’s something that becomes pretty apparent when you’re laid up in bed with the flu.

Have you ever had a really mad resolution?

I’m a little bit ashamed actually, but I’m not one of those people who come up with crazy resolutions for the New Year. I’m already mad enough as it is on a day-to-day basis – occasionally not quite with it, so to speak – so that when things do go smoothly and without a hitch, I’m pretty pleased!

Can you explain that more in detail?

Goodness, well every day I try to actually achieve resolutions that I have had for my whole life, or at the very least I try to get round to achieving them at some point. These are things like: be kind and decent to people, do things in moderation, be sincere and honest. I could list plenty more “resolutions” just like that.

How long do you keep your resolutions for?

As for that moderation resolution, a lone strawberry tart sitting in a bakery window alone is capable of getting the better of me, throwing all my efforts out the window.

Do you have any tricks up your sleeve to remain resolute?

Let’s stick with the strawberry tart. I won’t give in to temptation if I give every bakery a wide berth, steer clear of them or if I go past them with my eyes closed. I’ll only fall victim if the door to the bakery is open and the tantalizing aroma of fresh bread comes wafting out and “ensnares” me, thwarting my resolution once again.

Do you use your unsuccessful resolutions as material for your shows?

Of course. In fact, I only tell stories that are based on my life. I draw inspiration from myself and my shortcomings, my family, and, of course, from politics and global affairs as well.

Next year, you’ve got a new stage show coming up. Where do the ideas for it come from?

They’re a product of my boredom. Before my break in Australia, I was going mad. And, of course, when there’s so much to do, there’s hardly any room for creativity. But then I just let go and did absolutely nothing, and after two months of doing nothing, stories and ideas popped into my mind without any effort on my part. After this break, I was ready again to tackle new things. I was yearning for it, in fact.

Have you done anything special for the new show?

I just hope people can draw some inspiration from the title of my show, “#NO PROBLEM?!”  , and that they can have a good laugh at my own shortcomings and theirs. After all, the good thing about problems is that most of them can be solved. And anyone who uses their sense of humour to take on the challenges of life will feel liberated – hence the name “#NO PROBLEM!?”.

How to keep your resolutions

Tips from Iris Perner, Joint Head of Health Management at Swiss Post

  1. Less is more! If I set myself achievable goals, I’m more motivated because I can get results quickly. Let’s say, for instance, I want a healthier lifestyle, which is a big goal, in fact too big a goal. But if I decide to take the stairs instead of the lift, I can enjoy a little bit of success every day. This motivates me and contributes to my big goal of a “healthier lifestyle” in the sense that I’m doing more exercise.
  2. It’s more fun with other people! If I tell others what my goals are, I might be able to get more people on board. We can motivate each other and encourage each other if we don’t reach our goals first time round.
  3. Reward yourself for the progress you make and not just the result! If I want a healthier lifestyle, I can work towards that goal each day, and I can also celebrate any progress I make, however small, every day as well.
  4. Don’t be too hard on yourself. We all have our off days. Bad patches and breaks are perfectly fine.
  5. Set yourself reminders. Put clear goals on your calendar – e.g. have short breaks more often, get up for a stretch – or set your phone alarm. Give it a try! 

written by

Sandra Gonseth