With the start of a new year, a large portion of the population steps up to make grand statements about all the mass changes it will make in the coming months.  From weight loss to better budgeting to stopping smoking and everything in between, we make grandiose plans to change our lives and the lives of those around us for the better.  But who is to say that all of the changes will make things better?  What good is weight loss if the results mean blowing the better budget on new clothing because yours don’t fit any longer? Or how will breaking the habit benefit you if you consequently eat to kill the nicotine craving and put on all the weight you have just lost  — plus you lose your job because you can’t get along with your co-workers any longer thus destroying  the better budget idea?  Still, the idea of beginning a new year with new goals and a new outlook appeals to me on some subconscious level so I think I will take a stab at it.

  

   1. In the coming year, I will attend more conventions.  Last year I let work and such interfere with my geekiness. I felt lost without my fix of comic books and fantasy art.  I have already made my hotel reservations and bought my tickets to Heroes Con (in Charlotte, home of my favorite author, Elaine Corvidae) and Dragon Con (Shatner and Nimoy will BOTH be there again — *squee*). Yes, Uberwench, I will be carrying my camera…

 

     2. In the coming year, I will take the time to finish a thought.  This is HUGE for me because I am the mother of a teenaged girl who rivals me in her ability to geek out and in her ability to burn the candle at both ends while trying to light the middle and of a college sophomore who is living his life on his terms… ’nuff said.

 

     3. This year I will learn to say no. No, I can’t take on any more. No, I won’t listen to whining and participate in your pity party. No, I will NOT change my Con plans to work just because YOU didn’t schedule a substitute. No, you may NOT invite ALL your friends over for a Lord of the Rings marathon…ok, maybe the last one will be a yes…

 

      4. I WILL write EVERY day for at least 10 minutes — no the grocery list does NOT constitute writing!  If I am ever going to find out what is going to happen to my characters, I have to listen to the voices with my fingers on the keyboard… Yes, they talk to me…no, I’m not insane…

 

     5. Finally, I will learn something new EVERY day — even if it is something as simple as how to properly fold a label in my beloved warehouse — and I will laugh EVERY day.  I believe that we grow old only when we lose our curiosity and when we forget how to laugh…and I’ve seen the beginning of both in the past couple of years (along with more than a few gray hairs).  I’m not ready to get old…

 

     There it is — my resolution list.  If you have any others to suggest or any tips on keeping them, feel free to leave a comment.  After all, now that you know about them, you have to help me stay on track because we know how obsessive geekas can be — and I wouldn’t have it any other way.