Well kind of glad 2010 is over. It wasn't the worst year I had, but it certainly wasn't a great year. In fact, 2010 gave us two kicks in the mouth, personally, before it ended. Well as I write this, we have about 10 hours left so who knows what can happen. Historically, I never cared much for yearly predictions but lately I've come to embrace them given the focus on politics. So, here's kind of what I'd like to do in 2011 and in no particular order...
- Renewed Political Concentration - during the late fall and into December I decided this is what I like to do most. That's not to say that I don't like or don't want to work on private sector projects, I do. However, when I go to dinner parties people want to talk politics. I get in the news, talking about politics. My kids' doctors want to talk politics so instead of fighting it, I'm going 100% in.
- Do What Makes Me Happy - through the past couple of years I figured out what makes me the most happy is hanging out with my family. Taking vacations, having parties, watching the kids play sports you get the mushy family stuff. At the end of the year, that's what I remember the most.
- I have to lose some weight - I was surprised when I finally bought new jeans that I'm actually not a 40 waist, somehow, miraculously, it appears I'm a 39 and while that's not very good either, I'm still hanging tough. Diet, while can help, will be tough because I like to eat and I sit all day. I need to exercise more and I think I have a plan. If I lose enough fat, maybe I can surf with the kids this summer.
- Take care of the little things - Too often I've put these things aside but after going through my father's estate which is almost closed 2.5 years after he died, I realized that taking care of little outstanding things can snow ball. I think in the 21st century we as a group have become too much of a disposable society. While the economy has been up and down, items we buy, in general are cheaper, so rather than fix things we replace things. It's time to fix things and take care of little things, because sometimes you can't replace and those little things become huge.
I'm sure there are other items that normally fall into a new year's resolution list, but I don't want to make those predictions. I think they are kind of lame. I think focusing on the most important goals you have will make for a better year.