I can’t quite figure out if I like New Years Eve. Yeah, the parties are usually fun and festive, hanging out with friends, having a few drinks and overeating. I actually think watching the Times Square ball drop is fun too. Maybe that’s from my years as a resident of the great state of Long Island… (uh, I mean New York, yeah I know there’s more to NY than just Long Island and NYC… WHATEVER!!) I have never actually gone to Times Square on a New Years Eve though. Over a million people packed in there… YIKES… that’s way too big a crowd!
Most people tend to look at the end of the year by focusing on NEXT year. Ahhh, the new years resolution! What can I do next year that I fabulously failed at accomplishing this year. Exercise more, eat less, work more, work less, spend more time doing <insert holistic, mind-fulfilling, life-altering activity here>, spend less time doing <insert sinful, destructive, life-shortening activity here>.
I’ve never made a New Years Resolution (maybe I should start). What I tend to focus on at the end of each year, especially as I get older is all of the unrealistic accomplishments that I have fabulously not yet accomplished in life. Can you say “mid-life crisis!” As I look back, I think; I haven’t become a famous <insert spectacularly-awesome skill here> yet; I haven’t figured out a way to have enough money to not have to work anymore; I haven’t figured out how to make a killer living as an Amish furniture maker; I haven’t figured out how to become a “homesteader” yet still be able to pay my mortgage, keep my blackberry, drive my truck and save for my kids college education; I haven’t been able to peel away the last layer of abdominal fat and see the six pack of abs I had as a college student; I haven’t come up with the Harry Potteresque storyline to write a series of best selling novels; I haven’t yet found the “idyllic life” (http://brownroadchronicles.wordpress.com/2010/12/05/looking-for-the-idyllic-life/!
I can hear you saying, “Boy, Steve, those are pretty lofty goals for a New Years Resolution.” Yes, yes they are. But you know what, this is the year… this is the year I will become a Famous, Ripped, Best-Selling, Rock Star Amish Furniture Maker.
I think my odds are pretty good, you know… if I can just put my mind to it!