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    17th January 2020

    2020 Resolutions…

    I was talking with someone about New Year’s Resolutions recently, and I said that I don’t normally make Resolutions because it seems kind of arbitrary and fake to come up with something just because it’s a new year. I explained that I’m always setting goals, working towards them, and then evaluating progress, setting new goals, working towards them, and so on.

    I’ve always been motivated by completing challenges, whether it was reading books above grade level in elementary school (The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn are a few I remember reading in 4th grade), setting a goal of running under 5 minutes for the 1600m in 7th grade (I ran a 4:59 in the final race of the season, but it was a Pyrrhic victory in that an 8th grader from a different school beat me to the finish line by a split second), other running goals in high school and college, climbing fourteeners, going back to college after my accident, or doing my masters in teaching at USC.

    There area a few things that I started that I never finished, and though I don’t think about them often, when I do, it leaves a bitter taste in my mouth and my stomach sinks. One is the masters program I started at Denver Seminary in 2006. I did all the coursework, passed comprehensive exams, and started working on my thesis… but then I never finished because I started substitute teaching, discovered I like that more, and ended up going after my credential and now here I am, nearly 12 years after I began working in schools as a sub. But I still had a little hope that I might finish the MA in Biblical Studies. Unfortunately, a couple years ago I timed out on the program, meaning my original credits were too old to count towards a degree.

    I have some goals in my heart currently, and I don’t want to miss out and look back on them the way I do my DenSem days – I learned a lot and nobody can take that away from me, but there was unfinished business.

    To the end of knowing that spoken dreams are harder to let go of, I’m going to put a few goals I have for myself out there into the universe:

    1. Swim a 10k open water swim.

    I’ve done the 3 mile Naples Island Swim, and the 2.4 mile Waikiki Roughwater swim, but I want to do the distance that’s often called the swim marathon. I wanted to do one last year, but didn’t end up training consistently enough to do it. I think this year is the year. Edit: Resolution 1A is to do a 100 mile handcycle ride, but that doesn’t need to be in a race or organized event – I’d just like to do it. I never actually did a century ride before my accident, my longest ride ever was 93 miles and I was totally done at that point and couldn’t make it to 100 miles.

    2. Write more music and record songs that I’ve written both new and old.

    I’ve been telling myself and other people I would do this for years… but haven’t done anything about it.

    3. Write down more of my ideas for stories and essays.

    I’ve been teaching writing to students at Poly for four and a half years, and in that time I have hardly written anything besides emails and text messages. I have creative ideas all the time, and think, “I should write that down…” and then I get busy doing something else, or distract myself with the infinite world of digital entertainment. Can I be more than just a consumer of content?

    4. Read some of the books that I have piled beside my bed. No further explanation necessary.

    5. Keep in touch with friends. I started writing an explanation for this but I don’t think I need to explain this one either.

    Ok, that’s it for now. Who knows if I’ll do any of the things listed above this year, but they aren’t New Year’s Resolutions, anyway, they’re just goals.

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