2019 New Year’s Resolutions
Tomorrow starts a new year with hope for much. I see mostly ahead a world of work for at least six months. The latter half of 2019 sits understandably cloudy. I resolve:
Take Work Seriously… but Not Too Seriously
Insecure from the last job’s layoff, I’d like to apply myself at this new position to show competence not only to those that hired me but also to myself. This job ahead may be when I either hack software engineering or realize it is not my passion after all. So work hard, not necessarily nights or weekends, but focus on tasks at work, get projects done, be a good corporate citizen, and learn their technology in ways that I did not previously.
Make New Friends
I shed so many friends over the years from moving, job changes, breakups, and folks leaving San Francisco that I find myself short on friends. Growing older is not helping either, as I prefer more my cozy apartment and time alone either on the laptop or building something new and grand. It’s not that there aren’t people out there. In this crowded city of San Francisco, I bump all the time in those I know, but I tend to discount folks as casual acquaintances.
I’d like to get know people here better and deeper. I crave a set of friends that look after each other. I want to travel the world with a group from San Francisco. So many of my current close friends live somewhere else and are not part of my people here. Friendship is a two-way street; part of making new friends is being a good friend myself. I need better to take risks, share meals, and go out to those social events even when I rather not.
Of course my friends will shout, “What about us!?” You’re still very important, the glue that holds my life together. Let’s go and meet some new people.
I’m not getting any younger. I’d like to go on a few grand adventures while I’m still physically able. I want to stay at Phantom Ranch at the bottom on the Grand Canyon. I want to attend New York’s Black Party. I want to see all 50 states before I am 50. I want to watch the horses at the Kentucky Derby.
I don’t want to spend all of my weekends in the same old bars. I will soon have some money again. I’ll also realize that time is tight and worth planning well. I’ve got a lot of focused roaring to do.