It would be easy to just use this space as a place to complain. It’s been a hard year.
So, I think I’m starting over here, now –or at least, I’m starting over this week.
At the beginning of the year, I set up a long list of resolutions and objectives. I do this almost every year and usually fall short. This year, I felt like I really needed to make some progress, that I could make some progress.
I made a list and have been picking at it on and off since January.
Here’s the first 25 on the list:
1-Travel (So far, not much)
2-Grow a good garden (Seeds have sprouted on the window sill)
3-Call my mom (This one is off the books. Mom died March 1)
4-lose 40 pounds (I’m trying to do that one again. I gained weight since the last time I visited by doctor)
5-Run races (Not yet)
6-Get out of debt (small progress)
7-Be a better human (I’m always trying)
8-Sell a book (not so much yet)
9-Try to camp again (Not so much yet, but it’s still snowing here)
10-Do more comedy (I keep saying that I’ll hit that local comedy open mic, haven’t been back)
11-Have an awesome birthday (June 18 is only a couple of months away)
12-Visit friends and family (Not so much, except for a funeral last month)
13-Go to a music festival (Still early)
14-Drink crazy, expensive bourbon (nope, but I have a line on that)
15-Visit the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library (Maybe this summer)
16-Meet Mike Mignola (Creator of “Hellboy,” my second favorite superhero) and buy a sketch (Mike isn’t coming to anywhere near here soon. I may have to just send him a check)
17-Drive to Colorado (That sounds awesome all the time)
18-Freelance for other publications (I haven’t tried)
19-Get radio show distributed (I haven’t tried)
20-Read 50 books (I have 11 under my belt now and I’m reading two now)
21-Do a three-day fast (Not yet)
22-Move up or move out (basically, get promoted, get a raise or get a new job –so far, no)
23-Kayak (Not yet)
24-Go to a midnight movie (Go? No. Netflix? Not really)
25-Hire a handyman, fix some stuff (Pending)
So, this is a work in progress. There are about 50 more things to add. I’ll post another batch soon.
Why resolutions in the first place? I think I need goals. I think without stated goals, I tend to just keep treading water, doing the same things over and over. The days just run together.
Do I think I can do everything on my vast and ponderous list?
No. I think I’ll do well to get a third of it, but I want to be challenged to break out of the corner I’ve managed to paint myself into. That’s what this is about, really.