The year is up AGAIN. What in the hell man? I did NOT see that coming…
So I guess it’s time for a New Year’s resolution. You know, that one promise that people spend weeks anguishing over to make sure that it is a realistic, sustainable and productive goal that benefits not only themselves, but the people around them. Right? That’s what New Year’s resolutions are, 100%. I can promise that they aren’t word-vomit that has no particular meaning other then some vague reference to personal health or “doing good things” that people spew out when pressed in order to fit into the conversation. Right, that doesn’t sound backwards at all. I feel like we’re getting somewhere now.
I’ll admit, I’ve given up on more of my New Year’s resolutions then I’ve followed through on. In fact, I think the only one I can really remember actually acting on the whole year was where I vowed to stop being picky when I ate out. I wanted to start eating more stuff I didn’t like, fruit in a salad for example, in order to experience things that are worth experiencing at least once. You know, grow a little as a person. So, I have been thinking about my resolution for this year for a few weeks now (I’m being honest when I say that). I think I finally figured one out that is simple, beneficial to myself and others and completely sustainable. I just want to be better.
Profound right? Just be better? That’s something a 7 year old would say (if they were awesome). “Nice one Nick… you truly are the master of this game. Be better? Psssssh. Idiot.” I know you are all thinking that. Let me explain though. Judge me after. Just not loudly. I cry.
Everyday we wake up at a base level. It’s how it is. Let’s call the moment you wake up zero. Zero is nothing, neither good nor bad. It doesn’t lean in any one direction (which is weird to me as an oval like that would most certainly tip one way when set on it’s end…). That very first nano-second of the day when your eyes open and your brain orients itself is the perfect and only null moment of your day. From there, you determine where it goes. So, it’s my resolve to be better.
To start off I want to get-up and workout on a regular basis. I started working out with a group called X-Team (X-Team Fitness) in September. It’s been a lot of fun. The people are extremely supportive and the workout is truly intense. It’s been a big boon for my health. I’ve lost weight, gotten stronger and feel healthier. I just need to make sure I get up and go. I can’t slack. I need to be better.
I need to be nicer to people. Not stupid people, but regular people. Especially when I drive. Maybe someday I won’t understand how cars work. Or merging. Or turn signals. Or where the gas pedal is… Be better.
I’m a blogger, but based on my output in 2014, you wouldn’t know it. Same can be said for the ForkItRVA podcast (Fork It RVA). I need to actually produce. I need to focus on my chosen “craft”. When it comes to being a blogger/podcaster… be better.
Volunteering needs to happen more. I didn’t really do crap this year. 2014 was NOT what one would call a year of servitude. There are plenty of things that I could do. Hell, the RVAFC (Richmond Food Coalition) is a food-based organization. We NEED to do a food-related charity event. Or I could just man up and volunteer at the food bank. Shit man, be better.
Finally, I need to stop hating people for their race, hating the police for the few bad apples, executing people based on their beliefs, judging people based on their sexual orientation, allowing mental illness to be the cause of great tragedy, not talking about suicide and generally being a shitty person. Whatever happened to the treat others as you want to be treated philosophy that was forced on us as kids? When did I forget that, as humanbeings, we were all crafted to be individuals? That we aren’t of a hive mindset? That religion isn’t the end all be all of rules? Since when did a few people that do something stupid/violent define an entire profession? What happened to me celebrating the return of our soldiers? When did I stop giving out medals to our medical personnel who put aside family and personal safety to treat a killer disease halfway around the world? Man, I must really have become a head-in-the-sand moron during 2014. Really lost the morals and integrity that I pride myself on… Oh, how silly of me. I meant America, specifically the general public. We have certainly lost our way in 2014. We’ve pretty much become the definition of ass-clowns. What the hell is wrong with us? When did this become the American way? BE BETTER EVERYONE!!! 2015 is a new year, a fresh clean slate. Be better. Stop blaming everything on everyone else and take responsibility for you. Be better. Work hard to make yourself a people that the newest babies, the first children of 2015, can be proud of. Stop being a giant set of ass-clowns. We all need to be better.
At the end of the day, I think my New Year’s resolution is pretty solid. It sums up so much in just 2 words: Be Better. We all can strive for it. As a matter of fact, we should. Any day that you don’t is a waste. So, let’s shrug off the shames of 2014 while making sure to celebrate the positives. Let’s learn from our mistakes. Let’s be better. It’s so simple, yet encompasses so much.
Here’s to 2015. Here’s to an interesting 2014. Here’s to my family, who I don’t get to see as often as I wish. Here’s to friends who were a big part of my life. Here’s to friends I haven’t gotten to see. Here’s to a decent today and a better tomorrow. And here is to being better. I hope we all strive for it and I truly hope we all accomplish it. Happy New Year everyone.