In the early hours of 2016, as I drifted from inebriated to hungover, it occurred to me that January 1st might not be the best time to be resolute on goals for the coming year. Perhaps I should wait until I was in better shape, outside the Christmas season, to get started on my “new year” in any formal matter.
A half-inebriated epiphany: why not on the Epiphany, the official last day of the Christmas season? That and it makes it 360 days to hold to the goals vs. 366….
Last year was a difficult one for me. While I started feeling the forties in 2014, last year was when it was it hit like a tsunami. I started out the year in denial that I was okay ; I was far from it.
I revisit the loss and regret that defined the dark spaces of January – May 2015 to reflect, but I live my life in the waves that followed. I ended 2015 in a good space; one where I was happy but not satisfied, appreciative of where I am, but curious and eager to find where I can go.
With all of that in mind, my goals for 2016:
- Run at least 500 miles. 10 miles a week is doable. At least it was pre-40. I am about to find out because the next goal is
- Finish a triathlon. I am hoping I can get in sync with my “invisible friend” (credit: Carrie Lockhart), Adam. It would be cool to have our first meeting take place at the completion of a goal.
- The prior goal should help with this: lose 30 pounds
- Read more books (aiming for
2625 more…finished Armada last night), less thinkpieces and the like. I waste more time on the internet than I would like to admit. And I don’t even have a smart phone.
- Watch 2 new films or shows a week. You can’t get better at something without watching people having (or not) success at it. I really want to finish 3 new scripts this year.
- Which should be here: write three new scripts. I am not including the 2nd/ (really)118th draft of what I am working on right now. I have some ideas. I am going to explore them…
- Tied into that, write at least an hour a day. Routine is everything: in writing, in running, eating well, living well. Free range does not work, at least not for me.
- Write a blog post a week here. I am working on one about my 3 year old and how her Finding Nemo obsession from this past year really helped me when I was in my dark place. That film is flat out brilliant, and if you have not seen it in a while, watch it again. The opening score has been playing on a loop via Spotify as I have pecked this together. It is a wonderful piece of film music.
- Limit my time online. It can wait. My wife. My kids. My family. All of the goals above cannot.