Last month, Tony noted that people tend to become nostalgic as the weather grows cooler and the year draws to a close. I like this time of year because it lends itself to reflection and a sense of starting anew. I know the concept of a “new year” is completely fabricated, but it doesn’t matter; I think people need that feeling of closure and renewal. We’re imperfect, after all.
Walk into the New Year with an open mind and a hopeful attitude. Let go of all the baggage you’re carrying. Simply drop it and walk away. All the possibilities of the coming twelve months are before you, so pause on the threshold and enjoy a few moments of anticipation. Then step confidently into your future. While you can’t make that future better than it will be, you can always hope for the best. Who knows? This year you may be right. It sure beats facing the future full of grim expectation of misery and disappointment.
Here’s a tidbit of info for you: today would’ve been my 5th wedding anniversary. That shit is bananas. In honor of this non-anniversary, it seems appropriate to listen to Liz Phair’s “Leap of Innocence” on repeat – which is exactly what I’m doing.
Since 2005 is almost over, let’s see how I did on this year’s resolutions, shall we?
- More volunteer work.
- I went to a few volunteer nights at the Feminist Women’s Health Center and Georgia for Democracy; did the Walk for Women’s Lives; volunteered at GfD’s voter registration booth at Pride; and gave a few hundred bucks each to Planned Parenthood, NARAL and NNAF. So this one gets a checkmark.
- Meditate several days a week, OR
Take up yoga. (Bonus points if I do both.)
- Not so much. Oh well.
- Build a nice, big birdcage for my adorable little chickies (aka zebra finches).
- Rendered moot because I got a good deal on a big cage at the Aviarium out by Gwinnett Place Mall.
- Finish all the changes to ASB.
- Mostly true, but arguably moot since I decided to cease development of ASB as a redistributable system.
- Dabble in Ruby.
- Didn’t get to it. Maybe next year.
- Have sex, OR
Don’t feel like a loser if I don’t.
- It’s obvious how this one turned out.
I’ll probably write another post next week that’s more self-indulgent in the “notable things that happened this year” department.
Anyway, I’ll be leaving for Augusta bright and early tomorrow morning, and the GDBF is coming along. As Kip Dynamite would say, “I guess you could say things are gettin’ pretty serious.” Fortunately my parents don’t get into the whole commercialized orgy of presents that masquerades as a Christian holiday, so it should be a laidback weekend. Oh, and I’ll be listening to RENT on the drive down – it’s a self-imposed tradition (since 1997©).