Tuesday, January 01, 2013

A New Year ... I'm Not Insane ... Really!

New Years eve was a quiet night here at Homer's Travels.  We didn't go out like last year.  We went to bed at our normal time, read until the new year arrived, wished each other a happy new year, and turned out the lights.

Iago woke me up at five til seven so I got up, fed him and took him out, and did my morning exercises.  The highlight of my first day of 2013 was a 9.29 mile walk around the city.  That for my New year's day.

I usually start each year with some post about plans, resolutions, and goals for the year ahead.  As a matter of fact my first two posts at the beginning of last year ( here and here) talked about my plans, goals, and resolutions for the new year.  I only had two: I would write more posts and I would become more optimistic.   (A third, actually a goal, was to enjoy our Asian Adventure which I accomplished.)  After all of the failed plans, missed goals, and forgotten resolutions you would think I would've known better than to make resolutions.  Neither of these resolutions came even close to being achieved.  I had the lowest post count in the six years I've been writing Homer's Travels.  And when it comes to being more optimistic and positive ... let's just say that I spent the entire month of December being snippy, irritable, rude, surly and downright negative for no apparent reason.

I ended my first post of 2012 with the words: "No excuses."  I don't have any excuses.  I just didn't manage to do what I'd set out for myself.  I can't say I really tried.  So what to do?  Do I get back on the hamster wheel and make more resolutions that I can not meet?  What did Albert Einstein say? He said insanity was doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.  I'm not insane ... most of the time.
xkcd "Resolution" by Randall Munroe
So this year I make no resolutions, no goals, and very few plans.  The only thing I will be working towards is my second Camino in September-October - it's the one thing I'm enthusiastic about.  Other things will come along and they will will be avoided, handled, planned for, or enjoyed, whatever is appropriate.

Bring it on, 2013, show me what you've got.  I'm hoping for the best.

6 comments:

  1. Why would people change anything at the start of "new year"? A second doesn't change the course of life, except from the "occasional" life and death situation. New resolutions can and should come at any time.

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    1. Gany: Point taken. Some people are into tradition and some aren't. I kind of fall in between. Tradition, like making resolutions at new years, sometimes can bring comfort to people. To other traditions just seem a waste of time. I think as I've grown older I have become a little more traditional.

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  2. I love that fresh start feeling! I also think you accomplished QUITE a bit in 2012. Maybe you didn't have a lot of time for writing about life because you were so busy living it. It's inspiring!

    Happy New Year! Enjoy the freedom from Resolutions!

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    1. Miss B: I wish I had your outlook on life. I didn't write because I didn't have anything worth writing. Sadly, I had pleanty of time.

      Happy new year to you too!

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  3. Okay, so I know you're looking forward to the Camino. And on the one hand, I praise you for the idea of not making plans and letting 2013 bring you what it may. On the other hand, I know all too well how easily time can slip by that way. Between now and the Camino, how will you be spending your time? Will you be working on projects, or maybe doing volunteer work or something?

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    1. GH: Sorry Gh ... no plans. I have my weekly chores and that's about it.

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