Hopes for a Good Year

One more

So, yeah. The obligatory year end list feels a bit tedious for me after the shite year we (all) had. I know that, at this time of the year, the cliché is to be all inspired to do wonderful things well into the new year (quit smoking, lose weight, write that great American novel, etc.). However, my goals of recent months have either been attained or are getting closer to being accomplished. Keep in mind, I’m a shallow person, so stuff like finish watching Season Three of Deadwood, run xxK and call [name-goes-here] this week have counted in the past. I know that I’m not going to land the dream gig with [musician’s name goes here] or win the lotto jackpot, so I’m starting with a more realistic list (which may make some of you go Huh? WTF? Srsly? and take it from there:

  • Budget! Budget! (and I forget the third part). MoneyWell, I’m looking at you…
  • Spend more time with Max/MSP; I’ll get there someday
  • Re-visit and master the basics, like (X)HTML, CSS and JavaScript
  • Get reacquainted with Photoshop and Fireworks
  • Take more pictures
  • Write / blog more
  • Finish that final installment in the Tesla series with norel pref
  • Keep on running; down to 170 – 175 lbs by my b-day
  • Do well with my work
  • Chip away at the years of books piled up bedside (Amazon and me are taking a break for a while)
  • Learn some electrical engineering fundamentals
  • Eat out less
  • Cook more at home
  • Spend more time with my family
  • Run a half-marathon
  • Try not to let the PVR fill up so much
  • Entertain in MY home
  • Keep in touch with friends and family on a regular basis (Facebook doesn’t count!)

My favourite pithy expressions of the past year, which I will continue to use towards my personal philosophy (whatever the hell that is) have been: I’m not writing it down to remember it later, I’m writing it down to remember it now, which was the tagline for the DDC / Coudal Joint Field Notes; the other being You can have anything that you want; just not everything that you want. I’ve no idea who coined that, but it’s a good one.

For those of you that I’ve tipped a few jars with, gigged with, IM’d and vid-chatted with, broken bread with (and by ‘bread’ I mean ‘burrito’ or ‘burger’), and reconnected with, I thank you for your friendship over the past year and wish you all the best for a happy and prosperous new year.

1 comment

  1. Well said… likewise to you for whatever counts towards me… 🙂

    Interesting how years go by faster and faster. My theory is that the amount of time a year FEELS like is relative to your age. Being 40 now, 1/40th of my life is really not that much time compared to the 1/12th, or 1/20th it used to be…. I can’t imagine how fast it will seem to go by when its 1/60th, or 1/80th?

    Like you, my goals for the new year are not typical ones, but goals non the less… A list is just a list without its key ingredient, desire….

    good luck to you and your family over the next year..


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