I have a whiteboard in my office. About this time in early 2017 I wrote three resolutions targeted specifically to my avocation as a woodwind player in local community concert bands:
2017: Fast. Accurate. Relaxed.
Keeping this in mind did help me somewhat, and overall I’m a better player than I was at the start of 2017.
2018, however, is a little different. Take a look at this year’s resolution:
2018: Write. Play. Travel.
I’ve gone from adjectives to verbs. I’ve gone from three nebulous behaviours, subjective and sometimes hard to quantify, to three actions. By creating this blog post I’ve already scored a point on the first action, “Write.” The next time I pick up a flute or clarinet or sax, or even if I just sit down at the piano and pound out a few bars of “Linus and Lucy” by Vince Guaraldi, “Goalll!”
Where will the “Travel” imperative take me, though? I don’t know yet. A short list is already coalescing in my mind. Perhaps I’ll celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada by going to a conference or camping out with other amateur astronomers at a star party. This might be a good year to go to Indianapolis for GenCon, a gathering of gamers and science fiction/fantasy aficionados. Perhaps what I need is a visit to an art gallery or a science museum in a city I’ve never visited. I might even dare to step outside my comfort zone and spend a few days communicating in French or Spanish. (I already have Iceland pencilled in for 2019.)
The year is young and the world is very big. This promises to be interesting.