12.31.2007

New Year's Resolutions, 2008

This page has been woefully un-up-to-date.

The year draws to a close. Looking back at my list of resolutions for this year, I'd say I have about a 40% success rate in completing them. Regardless of whether I actually reached all of my goals, they were very present this year, since I wrote them out. some of the unfinished business I'll try to carry over into 2008 (I started writing a letter to my host family, but I need to finish it and then get someone to proofread it; I have a website to look up doctors on, then we'll see about actually visiting one!), some I will be dropping (Get hotter is a goner, fucking white whale). This year only has two concrete goals, and one that is a bundle of abstracts:

1)RUN A MARATHON.

I ran five races this year. The support of family and friends, the gung ho running buddy Dre, and Hannah's adventures make me think this a realistic and challenging goal for 2008. I'm hoping to join Team in Training and run in a fall race. Sidenote: we're going to have a CREW for the Broad Street Run this year, so I'm also psyched for that.

2)WRITE MORE.

For a variety of reasons, but mostly because it makes me happy. I want to establish some discipline, like sitting down on a regular basis and trying to finish a story.

3)TRY TO REMEMBER THESE CONCEPTS IN MY DAILY LIFE:

A."Live as if you're dying."

I have limitations, of course, when trying to pay rent, but be alive, appreciate, carpe.

B."Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle."

On my laptop is a text file called "randomness" that I transferred over from my college computer. It is an electronic piece of scrap paper with poems, song lyrics, e-mail signatures, etc. that struck my fancy at some point. I have this quotation in that mix, and apparently it is attributable to Plato. It is a very simple reminder to be compassionate.

C."Follow your bliss," with the corollary that no one said this was easy.

At the beginning of the year I read The Power of Myth. An idea that stuck with me was not only the "Follow your bliss" recommendation, which we've heard by now, but also the real acknowledgement that doing what makes you happy/following your center is a difficult task, a path laden with obstacles. I was flipping back through the book today, and came upon this section which I also want on hand:

MOYERS: In this sense, unlike heroes such as Prometheus or Jesus, we're not going on our journey to save the world but to save ourselves.

CAMPBELL: But in doing that, you save the world. The influence of a vital person vitalizes, there's no doubt about it...Any world is a valid world if it's alive. The thing to do is to bring life to it, and the only way to do that is to find in your own case where the life is and become alive yourself.


D."You must be the change you wish to see in the world."

I love this, and have to remember that these words can apply to the small, the everyday, as opposed to grand scale Ghandi-level issues.

Happy new year, bitches.