If you don’t have resolutions, it’s cool. I like to make resolutions every year. Makes me feel goal-oriented. Or something cool like that. Anyways, if you’re not into that, no worries. You’re probably one of those cynics I worry about.
For 2009, I made seven resolutions, each addressing a particular portion of my life. But the real reason I chose seven was because that’s how many days it was till NYE from Christmas (I know, just like last year) and that’s when I started thinking about it.
Without further ado:
1) Write more for myself — I can’t stress this enough. I spend a lot of time worrying about stories for my job and finding stories for my job but I need to start developing a story for myself. This book isn’t gonna write itself. These blogs aren’t going to write themselves. (I’m up to four now.) I’ve still got to develop my voice and build my stature. I can’t do that with my mind elsewhere all the time.
2) Take more pictures — I sort of initiated this before the new year. I need more projects and more reasons to pull out the camera and flickr away. It feels good and I love the beauty I capture. You should try it too. I’ll be in Brazil next month, getting a new camera for the trip, and I’ll be snapping away for sure. (Expect video too.)
3) Make a journalism backup plan — Yeah, I’m dedicated to the industry. But I’m not so sure the industry is dedicated to me. So I see no wrong in having a backup plan. If you’re industry lost an estimated 15,000 jobs in one year, another 300 or so in 2009, I’d tell you to get an exit plan asap. It’s just the nature of the beast.
4) Travel more — Isn’t it fun to get out of your little bubble every now and then. And I don’t just mean get out of the bubble to get to Vegas for your annual buddy mashup. I mean to see some place totally new to you, one that will challenge your perceptions. That’s what I plan to do. See new places, challenge my perspective and hopefully have fun. Brazil, here I come.
5) Take women more seriously — Let’s just say that as things have gone, nothing is going to last with the way I’m acting. Time to step my game up.
6) Forgive those that want to be forgiven and let go of all hate — I can’t hold onto grudges. It’s just not me. And I don’t think it’s healthy either. Look, there’s a lot of people in the world that deserve to be hated for reasons I don’t want to get into. It’s very easy to hate people. It’s like a tribal instinct and reaction to things of dislike or distrust. What’s not so easy, is to see beyond your reason of dislike and distrust, recognize your differences of thought and spirit, and get beyond your conflicts. That’s much harder, but I think much more enriching.
7) Be more positive — If there is one thing I want to do, that’s more important than all others, it’s to be positive no matter the situation and to never get rattled. There’s a lot to worry about nowadays, with the economy as it is and the industry in transition. There’s more to worry about with the state of the world, conflict in the middle east, two wars and less cash in the pocket. Don’t worry, I won’t let any of it get me down. I’m counting my blessings in 2009. And guess what? I’m more happy because of it.