2017, a year of change. 2016 has been a rough year. A lot has gone wrong but there has been some good in it. It saw the birth of my niece, Liara, my wife’s best friend got married, and my wife also received her promotion. There is a lot to be thankful for, amid the general terribleness of the year otherwise. The dumpster fire, as it were.
I am not much of one to make resolutions, mostly because I never seem to follow through with them. However, I have had a lot of problems this year. Changes need to be made if I am to improve. I want to play fewer video games. I spend too much of my free time in front of television or computer. I want to spend more time reading books and writing. Overall, I want to be more active.
I am complacent and sedentary, and I think this complacency has contributed to my depression. I hope making small changes will help to improve my mood.
One of the first things I want to do is improve my health. I want to remove a lot of processed sugars out of my diet. Namely, sodas. I have an addiction to those sugary drinks. It is a compulsion. I know I have gained weight in recent months due to my increased consumption. I want to cut sodas out entirely for all of 2017. If I can do that, I am sure not only will I feel better, but I will look better too.
I also want to become more active as well. I need to exercise more. One of my goals for 2017 is run more often. I want to get in at least 30 minutes of exercise and run at least a mile a day.
One of my other major goals is to have a more active mind. In order to accomplish this, I want to dedicate at least one hour daily to reading books. I want to commit time to writing at least 1,000 words a day, and meditate each morning and evening. If I take an active stance in trying to do more than I am inclined to do, hopefully I can become a better, sharper individual.
I know that this entry has been not much more than several paragraphs with a bunch of declarative statements, but I feel the best way to ensure I make a decent attempt at these resolutions.
I also want to accomplish monthly goals too, like brushing up my Latin, taking up a new hobby, or working on a writing project. I want to write a memoir about my time at Disney. I think it might be nice to write about my experiences.
In addition to that task, I want to make a point to journal more, I think it might help to reflect on my daily activities.
Here’s to 2017, I hope it is better than 2016.