A Year of Being Better — Day 1
Sunday, January 3rd, 2016 — Approx. 10:00 P.M
You’d think that after spending my entire life practicing, I would be better at being a good person. But, for some odd reason, I just can’t quite seem to get the hang of being me. At least I can’t seem to get the hang of being the ideal version of myself that I have painstakingly crafted in my imagination.
It seems like no matter how many times I try to improve some aspect of my personality, something else falls short. But you know what? That’s okay. I am not perfect, and I don’t expect to be for a long while. Perfection is not something that am capable of.
I am capable of improvement though, and that is a very encouraging realization for me. While it may not be reasonable to expect perfection of myself, it would be irresponsible to ignore my ability to improve. I owe it to myself and to my peers to be a better person. A better friend. A better member of society.
After lots of practice failing and disappointing myself, I think that it is time I practice improving. It’s time that I stop worry about being perfect, and start focusing on making tomorrow’s me a little bit better than today’s. Let’s take baby steps. Look for little things that we can change in our lives that will make us and our friends and family happier, that will help people in need and give us some fulfillment.
I don’t think I’ve ever been the best at something. Starting today I am going to practice for becoming the best arrangement of atoms named Jonathan Grant Foster possible. I apologize in advance to all other living organisms named Jonathan Grant Foster because this paragraph will probably be extremely offensive to you.
There is no real end in sight for this goal. There’s just tomorrow. I am spending the next year focusing 100% on improving myself in every aspect of my life. No excuses, no laying the blame on other people for my frustrations and shortcomings. I am going to spend the next 365 days of my life being a world-class Jonathan Foster, because every night before bed I will know that I am a little bit better than yesterday’s Jonathan Foster.
(An encouraging thought: At the time of this writing, I already have almost 175,000 hours of practice at being Jonathan Foster. Malcolm Gladwell would be proud.)
This series of posts is part of a year-long writing project. I will be writing a brief section each day, sharing my journey in improving myself. All of these will eventually be compiled into some kind of book or collection. These are the unedited daily posts.