I'm hit or miss on resolutions. Inevitably, I always fail at one thing or another. All these years, I should probably have just been resolving to not die. If I had, I'd have a perfect record on resolutions. But I won't make the resolution to not die. With my track record on past resolutions, this would end up being the year I mess it up.
I have a realistic view of things and that view is not always an optimistic one. Resolutions tend to be very optimistic in nature. They come from a place of wanting to become a better person. It's a noble thing, that desire to be better.
Not long ago, I decided I wanted to be a better person. But I didn't wait until January 1 to make certain changes or choices for my life. After reading Donald Miller's A Million Miles in a Thousand Years, I decided that I wanted to live a better story. When I made that decision, I decided that I wouldn't put off doing the things that I wanted to do in order to make my story better.
But a new year began today. On the one hand, it's just another new day. On the other hand, people traditionally look toward a new year with a new outlook and a desire to become better versions of themselves. In reality, it's no different than the beginning of October. In reality, it's no different than any other day that ends in "y."
In the final episode of Community's first season, Jeff perfectly summed up the New Year's resolution. He used the summary in attempting to choose between two women who claimed to love him, but it's a summary that makes sense. New Year's resolutions remind us of the people we want to be. Three weeks later, it's easy to go back to the people we already are, hitting the snooze button and screening our mothers' phone calls. So, do you try to evolve or do you try to know what you are? Well, here's to optimism!
Los Angeles was probably the last vacation I've actually been on. I've taken plenty of time off work in the last few years. In fact, I'm enjoying some time off as I type up these resolutions. But I'm enjoying that time off from the comfort of my own home. I want to go to a beach. Or on a cruise. I was going to do the cruise thing in 2012, but then I changed jobs again... and had to move twice... These events tend to eat into one's savings.