10 New Year's Resolutions
I am not that big on resolutions, preferring to opt for a more "continuous quality improvement" approach to my life. Resolutions tend to be of the "oh my god I need to make huge changes" variety that last a few weeks. I think my life is pretty good, and I just tinker with it here and there constantly to adjust it to current conditions. All that said, here are 10 things I resolve for 2008:
I usually wait until election night to read the voter pamphlet, which means I'm voting on my mood. Instead, I resolve to read the pamphlet at least one day before I vote, hopefully more.
Whether they get published or not, I will write three new short stories in 2008. I managed only one in 2007 because work became overwhelming.
- Submit (#1)
I have a number of completed stories and plan to write three new ones. I want to see them in print, so I need to submit them.
I am supremely awful at keeping in touch with friends and family. I resolve to call and write them more often.
I have suffered a series of nagging soccer injuries in the past year (yes, I'm getting old), so I resolve to stretch and warm up properly before soccer games and when I go to the gym.
- Get trained.
Although I don't expect ever to be a uniformed Scout leader, my older boy is bridging to Boy Scouts this year, and I want to go on camping outings with them. That means I need to be trained. Even though I don't have time for it.
The Gold Miner's Daughter first draft is complete. Now I need to revise it. Early reviews on the first draft are very positive.
- Submit (#2).
Once revised, find an agent for Gold Miner's Daughter.
- Tell people I care about them.
In the past 18 months I've lost three friends, and another person close to me is diagnosed with a terminal illness. None of us knows how much time we have left, and at the most recent memorial (a friend died suddenly, without warning) many people lamented not telling the guy how they felt about him and how much they liked him while he was around.
- Carpe Diem.
Keeping in mind #9 above, I plan to worry less and enjoy more. (My friends might snicker because I already don't worry much and enjoy a lot, but the truth is that I hold back from doing some things I want to do, and I resolve to break that.)