Resolutions are about self-improvement, and in the last two years I haven’t really felt the need to improve. Not like before. Before, there was a real hunger. I lost that since moving to Boston. I got a little full of myself because of how well I was doing.
That has to end, and so I’ve decided on some resolutions to pursue this year. This entry comes almost two full months into the year because I was doing some light planning on how to pull some of these off.
- Learn French. The idea is to visit Paris in 2015 or 2016. This is part of a larger overall resolution to visit a new country every year, with Greece and Canada in the next two years, and Tokyo in 2020 for the Olympics.
- Learn Piano. I’ve known for six years that someday I’d start learning how to play, and that day will be this year. In March, if all goes according to plan.
- Have as much fun at PAX in April as possible. The past two years I’ve been a bit reserved, but I’m so much more comfortable with this city and my friends traveling in that I really want to make it an event of a lifetime.
- Double down on Project Epsilon. June or July is when things will accelerate, and with a lot of luck, saving, and hard work Howard will be able to work full time on the series in the last half of the year until next spring.
- There’s a lot of new technologies I want to learn, like AngularJS and more of Node.js. But the important thing is to learn something and to grow as a developer. Then, to reinvest those skills in Nanigans where applicable.
- Continue swimming and gain weight (the good kind.)
- Write more fiction and read more books. (Easy to go up from one/zero.)
I shy away from resolutions because they usually just seem like wishful thinking or posturing. “Gee, it sure would be great if I learned to sky dive this year.” Then it doesn’t happen. I’ve done it, too. But I feel really confident in these resolutions because I’ve proven to myself I can look at the big picture.
Tonight, I started learning French.