It is that time of the year again. Time to take stock of my life, figure out what I did right, what I did wrong, where I can improve and basically just try to determine how to live my best life for the upcoming 365 days.
I must admit dear readers, the last couple of years have been challenging. Without boring you with all the messy details it is sufficient to say the number one reason is because I am ready to move onto my next adventure. But due to numerous reasons, most of which are valid, it hasn’t happened. And while I am reluctant to say “definitely” I will say I am “almost definitely” certain nothing is going to happen for at minimum the next five years.
So my biggest challenge for 2018 is structuring my mindset and life to provide some semblance of peace and happiness. Which in turns, falls under the category of New Year Resolutions.
In the past I’ve had limited success in keeping resolutions. For example in 2016 one of my resolutions was not to incur any library fines, and I kept that one. In 2017 I resolved to stay off of social media. I deleted my Facebook account, gave up Instagram, closed Goodreads and Snapchat and vowed to stay off Twitter (I didn’t close my Twitter account because I don’t want to lose my account name.) Unfortunately, I didn’t have as much success as I had hoped. I found myself sneaking back on Twitter and occasionally looking at Facebook through another account. I also tried to stay off internet news sites and couldn’t accomplish that to the degree I wanted. But on a positive note, for all the free time generated by not being online as much as in the past I ended up reading 80 books and countless magazines.
First 2018 New Year’s Resolution: STAY OFF SOCIAL MEDIA AND ALL NEWS SITES. In fact, I do better if I just stay offline completely unless for business, research or my blog.
Second 2018 New Year’s Resolution: Stop giving advice. No more weather reports or road condition updates. No more emailed or texted links to articles. No more magazine articles on subjects of interest. I will no longer waste my time.
Third 2018 New Year’s Resolution: Figure out how to create my next glory day. (Thank you Neil deGrasse Tyson.) I have always had a goal to work toward. And for the most part I accomplished everything I set out to accomplish. And then it seemed as though I woke up one day with nothing to excite me. Tyson talks about “when people stop writing chapters.” And as a writer it’s a pretty sad day when you realize you yourself have stopped writing your life’s chapters.
Three resolutions, all of which are pretty life changing. Wish me luck. I plan on updating my progress throughout the year. Hopefully that will help to keep me on track.