2007 was an awesome year for me in many ways, and not so awesome in others. I went to a lot of shows and enjoyed a lot of excellent music, saw some great films, made some fun trips around the country, bought some cool gadgets, and had great success teaching myself how to do something which unfortunately I can’t mention here (those who read about our trip to Europe in 2006 might have an idea). I also woke up and realized that for the time being, my politics have shifted from Liberal/Libertarian to Agnostic/Why Bother. As for the not-so-awesome stuff, last year I was faced with a couple of situations that I’ve never had to deal with before, things involving people very close to me and were frankly quite terrifying. But happily, things have improved greatly since then and everyone involved has learned a lot from the drama. As for me, I’m in good health and so is my partner, and we’re still going strong in our Unholy Gay Homosexual Union of Ultimate Sin™. Just don’t tell that asshat Mike Huckabee.
What about resolutions for 2008? Well, the other day Critter and I were talking about new-year resolutions and why we don’t bother with them. Depending on what they are, they can be invitations to failure. A friend of ours, for example, bought herself a candy bar on New Year’s Eve and decided that it will be the last chocolate she’ll have for a year. She’s not grossly overweight and doesn’t have any health issues to speak of, so why go cold turkey? Why completely deprive yourself of something you love? I don’t get it. A lot of people make resolutions like this and end up breaking them after a while. What’s wrong with simply cutting back on something? Many want to drop a few pounds (myself included), but eating is one of life’s pleasures — unless your health is in serious jeopardy, there’s nothing wrong with cutting back and enjoying a moderate treat once a week or something. Unless, of course, your “treat” happens to be six pizzas and a crate of Pepsi. Teach yourself moderation and self-control, don’t punish yourself for what you enjoy. (I have another friend who was recently diagnosed with diabetes, so he’s forced to cut all sorts of good stuff out of his diet completely. I really don’t envy him, but he’s committed to it.)
So I’m not going to “resolve” to do anything in particular in 2008, but like the unreliable T.V. weatherman, I’m willing to make a forecast. I’d like to change my outlook/attitude on a few things, and find more to be optimistic about now that politics has proven to be (more or less) a letdown. I want to do a bit more traveling, get more exercise, go to more concerts, enjoy more videogames, read more great books, and take more photos. I feel that I need to worry less about how stupid and cruel this country is becoming and focus more on what makes us (and others) happy. I want to lighten up on myself in certain ways, and let a few things go that have been hanging around for a while. Anyway, blah-blah-blah. Some of that is pretty selfish, but oh well. My blog will still be here for venting/bitching/complaining/bashing/whining, of course!
Forecasts are rarely 100% accurate, but I can guarantee that chocolate will not be taken out of the picture.
P.S.: Happy New Year to all those who still swing by this lil’ blog! I don’t really keep up with how much traffic its gets these days, but I know someone’s tuning in out there. Thank you for reading, even if you think I’m a complete twat, which is always a possibility. 🙂 Cheers!