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My 2017 Resolutions

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Dec. 30th, 2016 | 04:03 pm

Ah, resolutions. Of course, I have them. I even made a list, a doable list. This is one that I'll repeatedly reference throughout the year.

Explore more music, whether local bands, composers, or on Spotify. I am a musician, after all.

Meditate. It seems to have helped so far.

Keep a gratitude journal. It can't hurt.

Relearn man-skills. I used to know how to do more, then I lost most of it in the hospital. I need to relearn how to fix and stuff.

Read more. Is it possible to do 12 fiction and 12 non-fiction in a year? Sure it is, but I have to stay on top of it.

Unplug more. I find myself checking social media more than one should. When you’re stuck at home and bored, you see what others are doing. What I really want to do is something more with my time.

Practice. My arm was limiting, but this year should be better. While I'm at it, I should also play a little piano. I'm thinking along the lines of the Cheers theme, some of Bach's Goldberg Variations, Heart and Soul, Linus and Lucy, a pop tune, and some arrangement of Pachelbel's Kanon. Girls seem to like the latter.

Get back into shape. See arm. I love to work out. It’s almost pathological. I used to tell people that I did it to look good naked. That was only partly true. It allowed me to burn through stress, reflect, and generally feel better.

Declutter. I have stuff, too much stuff. My work space looks like I was a victim of a home robbery. They say it’s a symptom of being creative/smart/whatever, but I feel better the more things are organized.

Unleash my inner cinephile. I was a rabid movie watcher. Since I have not had a regular companion to watch movies, I have stopped doing it nearly as much. It’s time to find a solution.

Write more. I do a lot, but I need to do more for leisure.

Be epic. I have been transfixed on a lot of things and this isn’t one of them. I used to have a more interesting life. It’s time to reclaim that and do cool shit.

Sort my life. This includes my career, relationships, geography, path, and everything else with that. Figure out the WTF happening. There’s a lot of that, and I’ve let it slide to the back of my consciousness way too much.

Make some friends. My circle seems to have steadily shrunk, and I crave social interactions more than most. I’m not sure how I’m going to do it, but I need to make some step, any step to make it happen.

Ask someone else out. I’m not unique in wanting someone special in my life. It’s easy enough to make finding that person a resolution. It’s harder to put in the work to do it. I also don’t want to use a website or an app. I want to make this an organic process. Swiping and messaging are lame. There is a thrill in asking face-to-face.

Try new things. I love trying new things. I need to do more of that, with or without somebody.

Submit a piece of music for publication.

Finally get an ugly Christmas sweater. I have close to a year. If I have to commission a hipster to fucking knit one, I’ll do it.

Get all those other Christmas movies I’ve been wanting.

Reconnect with Facebook friends, even over coffee.

Network more.

Find a home for George. My turtle might like to have friends through someone part of the area turtle society.

Get more creative with social media. I’ve worked on it, but I still have room for improvement.

Cook more. I got lazy after leaving Amy, and I’m not sure why. I used to cook a lot.

Address my clothing style more. I’ve let that get lax.

Get out more. Holy shit. Without Max, that has decreased, but it had gone downhill anyway. I need more to do.

Confidence-building activities. Some of these will likely work with other items on this list. It’s weird, but one thing that often entered my mind was whether or not I was good enough for someone. I would compare my “resume” to theirs. How many friends does she have? What has she done? How interesting is she? I’m not sure how this suddenly started, but it’s something that needs to go away. There was a time, when my life is what drew people to me.

Get away from working at a chain coffee shop. Enough said. I still wonder if I haven't been getting in my own way with this. It really, really does need to get sorted.

I want my charm and charisma back. Oh, I have my moments, but I still don’t command these characteristics like I once could. Instead of reminiscing, maybe it’s time I sorted this.

I need to write down the stories of my mom and grandma. They told stories of little me that I can’t remember. With my memory loss, hearing them was always a big deal. I should also journal what I remember about them. With the family so split, these recollections may be the best I’ll ever have.

Address those things that I’ve dreamt of doing. People have more aspirations than they ever let the rest of the world know. Perhaps, I should give some a try.

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I love reading this. :)

from: thia007
date: Dec. 31st, 2016 04:07 am (UTC)

You're being optimistic and you're looking ahead. :) Also it's gives me great insight into your mind. You're a pretty deep guy,Avi. Intelligent conversation is underrated. Majorly. Good luck with these resolutions. :)

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Re: I love reading this. :)

from: uieuph
date: Jan. 2nd, 2017 03:42 am (UTC)

Thank you!

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