My New Year’s Resolution usually involves vowing to eat better and exercise, cook more often, save money, etc. The good news is that I have been doing all of these things already. The eating better and exercising can stand to improve, but I’m happy to say that I’ve been very good about my spending and have managed to make a dent in my credit card debt.
When I started to think about my goals for 2012, I came across this post by Seth Godin, I LOVE him:
You can't be merry by yourself. Sure, you can be content, happy, possibly even delirious. But merriment requires a group, and that group is almost always a group you can see and touch, one that's sharing the same molecules of air, face to face.
The digital revolution continues to get deeper, wider and more important. But it has made no progress at all at increasing merriment. That's up to us.
In reflecting on the last year, I realized that while accomplishing a fuck load of personal goals that have improved my life, I ignored almost all of my friendships and family relationships. I was very busy with my job, and my professional career has improved by leaps and bounds. I started working another job on the weekends, which has helped me slowly begin to see the light at the end of my debt tunnel.
However, being so busy you can’t make connections with others is depressing. Now, my busyness level is not in any way going to decrease in the near future, so that means I need to make more of an effort to connect with the people I love, and strive to be MERRY. After all, why should merriment be reserved only for the holidays?
What does this mean for me? It means sending more emails, sending more texts, actually picking up the phone and saying things that make me uncomfortable – “I love you, I miss you, can we please go do that crazy thing we’ve always wanted to do.” In this world where we are hyper-connected at all times, we often find ourselves even lonelier than before. Why call a friend when you can just check their fb profile or follow them on twitter? Why send an email when everyone gets SO MUCH email?
The answer is because bottom line – life doesn’t mean anything if you don’t have others to share it with. To my small handful of readers, thank you for continuing to follow my blog and let me share snapshots of my life with you. I hope we all go into 2012 with hopes and dreams, and that we accomplish them. Speaking of those hopes and dreams and resolutions, what are yours? Please drop me a line in the comments section. I would love to hear them!