As an annual practice, I usually post about my thoughts on the year that just passed along with some thoughts on the upcoming year. This is the part of my website where I document my life.
The past year has been very weird for me and I have a confession: For many reasons I don’t feel that I accomplished much during 2005.
Let me explain, I am, by and large, a goal oriented person. My usual end of year routine consists of reflecting on what I’ve accomplished in the year and making a new list for next year. Last year, however, I didn’t do that. Why? I can’t really be sure since there was a lot happening during this time last year (I.e. teaching at two schools, ICBC related project finishing up and the normal Christmas time preparations… [Insert other lame excuse here]).
Don’t get me wrong, there was a lot accomplished. I got into my routine at Vancouver Film School. I got used to the systems and refined my course plans. I was involved in many ICBC related projects (one of which was ICBC.com) and I took a lead role in many as well. I learned new programming languages and web development techniques through my peers and on my own. I had my first experience being in a spa with Ernie and Archie. I even managed to sneak in some minor contract work. All of which I cannot dismiss because these are hefty accomplishments.
But I still don’t feel it: that sense of accomplishment, the pat on the back where you could tell yourself, “Yea, lots done this year! Take a day off and relax, you did well!” Maybe, I’m being too hard on myself but there is a lot to be said about putting a list together and crossing off the items one by one. Maybe, I’m just nuts and I need to be on some medication. Whatever!
2006 will be different. The list is made and here are some highlights:
Read more. Ok Ritchie, It’s not like you’re illiterate but you could choose to read more intelligent things than Shopaholic Takes Manhattan. Who do you think you are? Fantasia? So pick a book…
Lose weight. Ok that extra flab you’ve been carrying around in your gut has got to go. People might think you’re in line for those carnival sumo games. I know the flab keeps you warm and cosy at night like whale blubber but face it, we don’t live in the Antarctic. That’s why people invented blankets. So here’s what I want you to do…
Rediscover chess. You’re inner geek has to be rediscovered! What’s with all the GQ and Cargo magazines? Why you frontin’ like you a Filipino version of Jude Law? You’re pocket protector is collecting dust! You would’ve never let this happen in high-school. Breakout your old chess openings book and …
Don’t ask me why I write my year-end list in the third person. It’s funnier (to me, since I’m the only one that reads it).
I don’t know how the next year will pan out. Whatever it is, it’ll be great I’m sure!
Happy New Year everyone!