The Tick-Tock of New Year's Resolutions
I’ve tried about every New Year’s Resolution in the book. And year after year, I strongly follow my resolution until about March, and then my life just kind of goes back to how it was the year before. But why? I never really learned to enjoy what my resolution was because most of my resolutions weren’t fun. One year I tried to cut out dessert (literally the worst resolution I’ve ever made) . That lasted about a whole 15 days before I caved.
The Tick (Discover)
Thomas Edison once said, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” I haven’t failed in my resolutions, I’ve just found 23 stupid resolutions that I don’t enjoy. So what if my New Year’s resolution was to find something that I enjoyed? That seems easy enough, right? I try a bunch of different things, figure out what I like, then actually take the time to learn everything about it. So after careful consideration, I’ve narrowed down it down to three areas.
Hiking & Climbing
I love the outdoors. Anyone who knows me knows that I prefer being outside over anything. I always enjoy a good hike, but I want to go from a weekend warrior to someone who actually knows what they’re doing.
My mom always said I take pretty decent photos, and I’m not sure if she’s just being nice, or if I really have have a knack for this. I guess it’s time to put it to the test. I want to learn the lingo, learn what to look for when setting up for a photo, and how to properly edit. Oh, and when and where I should use certain lenses.
I’ve “played” guitar now for over 10 years. I put it in quotes because I’m really not that good at it. Actually, I suck. I attribute a lot of that to when I was younger I was more interested in learning the newest song rather than actually learning the theory behind it. What better instrument to learn theory on than the piano? I’ll wait for a better answer.
Tock (Deep Dive)
After the end of 2017, I’m going to reevaluate everything that I’ve learned over the past year, and choose an area that I want to learn a lot about and focus on. Who knows what it’ll be — it could be none of these! And I’m okay with that, as long as I find something that I enjoy.
None of these things have anything to do with my work. Like even remotely. I deliberately chose these for that reason, and not because I think that my programming skills are perfect. Trust me, they are not. I chose them because they will help me manage my work-life balance. I’ve always wanted to learn about these areas, but I never really took the time to learn.
Have a good starting place for a complete novice like myself? I’d love to hear about it! I’ll be blogging everything that I’ve learned, and my progress with finding a new hobby. Who knows, when April rolls around I might have a party for making it farther than I ever have in my New Year’s Resolution.