Here we are again at the beginning of a new year. To say that 2012 was crazy would be an understatement. There were lots of changes in my life – most good, some not so good. As I sit here and look back at the list I put together last year (you can read it here), I find that I was only able to accomplish 9 ½ of them to my satisfaction. I didn’t write as much as I wanted (or should have), and didn’t spend as much time calling friends as I had planned, but I did cut back on TV and processed foods. I also spent time in New York again and more quality time with my family.
Now it’s time to look forward to 2013. I’m hoping for a year of continued good health and happiness, as well as some calm on the job and home front (relocations are controlled anxiety at best – full blown panic at worst.) Only time will tell. Just like last year, I’m going to put everything out there and trust that exposure to keep me honest and focused on my resolutions for the year. So, without further adieu, let’s get to the resolutions:
- Find a better balance between work, family, and me time. I found FAR too many excuses not to write in 2012, and I was a poorer person for it. Everything has its place and I need to make sure writing is one of those things that maintain a seat at the table. Sadly, I said the same thing last year…
- Be much slower to anger and much quicker to forgive. Life is just too short.
- Move away from the Left/Right paradigm and towards the Wrong/Right paradigm. Intellectual honesty is far more difficult than party loyalty, but it’s the right path to take. Besides – the party hasn’t been all that loyal to me lately…
- Rebuild my Pokémon deck and make it competitive. My son likes to battle, but I’m just not a challenge for him anymore. He’s not even a teenager yet. It’s gotten quite embarrassing for me.
- Find at least one charitable cause/organization and contribute some of my time and/or money. I think a lot of people are going to need a lot of help over the coming few years. I need to find a way to do my part.
- Wake up those around me.
- Take my family to a Hollywood movie premiere. (Okay – this one may be a little easier than most given my job, but I really want to share some of the fun of what I get to do with my family.)
- Argue less and convince more. The issues that divide us can’t be allowed to overwhelm the ideals that bind us together. I can’t just write people off because they don’t see things the way I do (even thought they’re wrong and I’m right…). I have to have the courage of my convictions and engage them in the debate.
- Listen to a new musical artist at least once a month. Access to music has never been easier or more ubiquitous. I need to take advantage of it more.
- Keep the weight off this year. I don’t have a life-changing move to California to derail me this year (or give me an excuse to derail myself). Again, life is too short – no need to make it even shorter.
- Search for the truth. Not the spin, not the talking points, not the platform, not the nuance – the truth. It may not always be spoken, but it’s always there.
- Encourage my kids’ artistic pursuits more this year. My son wants to learn to play guitar and my daughter is obsessed with art. I want to make both of those passions easy for them to pursue. The schools aren’t going to help – it’s up to my wife and I.
- Scan everything I have from high school and college and make my own book. Not to share with anyone, but to have for myself. I’ve kept all those writings, drawings, and thoughts for 20+ years – it’s time I did something with them. They are a window into my past; one I don’t want to lose.
- Make an action figure out of myself. This is something I’ve wanted to do for years, but just keep putting off.
- Take my family on an unforgettable vacation. It’s easy to get caught up in the day to day, then wake up one morning to find your kids are in college and you’ve somehow slid right past middle-age without realizing it. I want to seize the day and build memories for my family they will never forget.
So, there you go – my “to do” list for 2013. Wish me luck!
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