Monday, January 2, 2012

I Resolve . . .

For the New Year from Neil Gaiman a decade ago:
"May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you're wonderful, and don't forget to make some art -- write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can. And I hope, somewhere in the next year, you surprise yourself."
And this year he writes:
"I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes.

Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You're doing things you've never done before, and more importantly, you're Doing Something.

So that's my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody's ever made before. Don't freeze, don't stop, don't worry that it isn't good enough, or it isn't perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life.

Whatever it is you're scared of doing, Do it.

Make your mistakes, next year and forever."

That is probably one resolution that I am sure to keep. So get off my case . . .

And for some more:
  • I resolve to enjoy my dogs. Maybe I'll get more training done, maybe I won't. Of course I still plan to get Kady ready to compete in something but I am getting old enough to understand time limitations and priorities.
  • I resolve to spend more time reading great books. I am measuring the years and months of reading time I will have against the number of books I want to read (even counting just those already written) and I am coming up with a deficit.
Did I mention that Santa Claus brought me a Kindle Fire for Christmas? I give it a "thumbs up". Currently reading "The Handmaid's Tale", a recent Kindle Daily Deal. How did I miss this book before?
  • I resolve to spend more time on the treadmill and/or exercise bike. Easily done while reading on above mentioned kindle fire.
  • I resolve to travel. I foresee a trip to New York City in February and a long rv trip to North and South Dakota, Minnesota, Wyoming, and who knows where else in June.
  • I resolve to reduce stress in other ways. Learn to say "no". Of course I am already committed to being SOKC tracking test secretary and well as chief ring steward for the November shows this year . . . I wonder if I can still get out of the later? (I can say "yes" to web pages though. I enjoy doing those.)
  • I resolve to keep up this blog, even if it's just as a way to say "I was here". Facebook is great for what it is, but is too here-today-gone-tomorrow transient.

Years that end in "2" are always somewhat problematic for me. Each one has marked the start of a new decade of life, and I know that this one will hold many changes for us.