Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Resolutions? I don't need no steenkin resolutions!

I seem to remember last year posting that I was resolute on not making any resolutions. I'll quote again from Mark Twain, as I did last year:

"New Year's Day: Now is the accepted time to make your regular annual good resolutions. Next week you can begin paving hell with them as usual."

While I believe we make our own hell here on earth, to not have to worry about the possibility of another one after we die and at the risk of starting my own path to it, I resolve two things for this year.

1. I will get the fuck out of this mind numbing job, no if and's or but's, and become a successful full-time freelance writer. I am hoping that the recent good news of landing a national publication (finally!) is the first step down this yellow brick road.

2. I will learn to play guitar. I did try once a couple of years ago through the local continuing education at our local high school, but it became evident that learning in a group setting like that is not for me. I need 1-on-1 instruction for something like this.

Normally, I don't like making resolutions, especially at this time of year, but something feels different. I can' quite put my finger on it, but I think that I am finally going to make some headway with my own personal goals. So, maybe instead of calling them "resolutions," I'll refer to them as "personal bests." It has an Olympic-like quality to it, bit it gives me something to focus on; a target to aim towards.

It sure beats something that often carries the words "non-binding" before it.


Jay said...

I don't call 'em resolutions either, but the New Year seems to be a good time for a clean start, doncha think?

I did quite well with my goals last year. They didn't quite last the distance, but a good six months, both of them, which can't be bad. Now, I just have to lose that weight I put back in those last six months, and get back to writing. Again. LOL!

Good luck with dumping the job and getting a foot in the door as a freelance!

VioletSky said...

Ilike the idea of making goals - one can always move the goal posts afterall!

Happy New Year, my friend!

Guyana-Gyal said...

Like Jay, I do 'goals' rather than resolutions...aren't resolutions more like stepping stones to achieving goals anyway?

Congrats on the freelance job. Things are looking up, eh?

Zed said...

No resolutions here - rather a carry-on from last year. De-cluttering is my aim and so far I'm doing great at filling those bags. Now to get rid of THEM.

Good luck on the free-lancing - you'll be great. A slight change in your life-style makes a big difference. A bit like moving furniture around :-)

Bina said...

I don't do resolutions. Not that I'm tooting my own horn, but honestly, whatever I want to do, or change, I just do it and I don't wait for a new year to make such changes. But that's just me, and damn, I sound like a ... bitch??? LOL