The obligatory New Year’s resolutions

So last year I posted that people shouldn’t make resolutions, they should just go out and make the changes. While I still believe that, there is something about writing down your resolutions, plans, and goals. It gives you something tangible to look at instead of an abstract thought hiding in some dark corner of your mind that you only look at occasionally.

With that in mind, here are my resolutions for 2014:

1) Finish what I start. It’s true that there are times when I’ll start a project and then get distracted by the shiny allure of something else. It’s part of who I am, being a geek and all. I get obsessed with something and then proceed to wring every little drop out of it as quickly as I can. That doesn’t mean I’ll slow down, but I am going to make an honest effort to see things through to the end before taking off to something else.

2) Publish. I love to write and I do it almost every day. Thing is, 99% of it never sees the light of day. I’ll write down things like blog posts, stories, ideas, what-have-you and then promptly delete them or toss them in the trash. Because I’m convinced that what I write is garbage. It doesn’t matter that I’ve actually published my work or that I got paid for it. I still think it’s nothing more than throwing words at the wall like a monkey flinging poo – and the monkey is more entertaining. This year, whether I like it or not, I’ll publish as many things that I write as I can. Some things obviously can’t – or shouldn’t – be let loose, so I’ll make a judgment call.

2a) Write. One way I can do an end-run around resolution number two is to not write anything. So, I’m including this as a sub-resolution to make sure that I keep writing.

3) Let go of the grudges. If there’s one thing that I do very well, it’s hold a grudge. I’ve got one going on to over twenty years now. Maybe it’s time to let go of those old grudges and not take on any new ones. I wonder what it’s like to forgive people who screwed you over or treated you poorly or made – or make – your life a lot more difficult than it needs to be. This year, I’m going to find out. I’m going to reach out to those people (well, maybe all but one…I don’t know if I can ever let go of that grudge) to try and make amends. We still may not get along, but at least I can try to clear the air between us.

4) Play at least one new board game or play two board games that I’ve already played, every week for the whole year. Sure, it sounds like a softball resolution, especially in light of the others, but it’s a challenge I want to try and conquer. And it might help open me up to new experiences. Heck, it might even get to the point where I’ll like Agricola. No promises or resolutions on that.

5) Get back into the fitness groove. My shoulder being all messed up has really set me adrift as far as health and fitness goes. I’ve pretty much reached the point where lifting is problematic, but that doesn’t mean I can’t find a way to work around it. There are plenty of exercises and routines that I can still do and I should be doing. And there’s no excuse for letting my nutrition slip like it has. It’s time to get back to doing what I enjoy. I know I’ll feel a lot better.

So there they are. Five resolutions to help me become a better person. Or at least try to, anyway.

What are your resolutions for this year? Or have you forgone them?

Whatever the case may be, I hope 2014 is a good year for you.

Thanks for reading!

3 Comments

  1. Duende says:

    If I was somewhat more bitchier, I could’ve written this: https://medium.com/life-tips/494224e0f983

    But it’s nearly perfect for me. I’m done with resolutions.

  2. Sheila says:

    It would be a better feeling to let go of ALL grudges, not just a select few. Forgiveness is a wonderful feeling. It frees you, not always the other person. I’m speaking from experience of course.

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