Well, it’s 11:34 pm. 26 minutes left in the year, and for some reason, I’m at home. Not really unhappy about it. I’m pretty particular about how I ring in the New Year, and if I can’t be in the right place with the right people, I’m fine ringing 2012 in with solitude, sobriety and silence.
Of course, I wax reflective and introspective. Not depressingly so, though. Not this year. My bank account is light, but that’s because I stretched it a bit to finish paying off my last credit card debt this week! That’s a 2011 goal reached.
I’m not 50 lbs lighter like I planned to be, but I am in better shape than I’ve been in in years, but also the snowball of getting my health in order is starting to gain momentum. Starting a juice fast in January to really pick up speed there. Nothing to be depressed about.
I wanted to read the book of Proverbs a dozen times this year (about a chapter a day). And guess what? I did. Boom. Goal Reached.
I wanted to not seriously pursue a girl in 2011. And guess what? I didn’t. Had a few close calls, and might have planted a seed here or there. But Boom, goal reached.
I didn’t take a dance or martial arts class (both were 2011 goals). But, first, I realized, for martial arts, I needed to be in better shape beforehand, and for dance, I didn’t take a class, but I did dance more in 2011, than I had in the past few years combined. So that’s progress.
My drumming didn’t take off like I wanted, and that’s something I want to change in 2012. On the other hand, my other career half really hit a stride this year. Marketing Director, Yeah, that happened.
I even started developing more and more community around new friendships that are fantastic. Without losing old, faithful friends in the process. And I even did some work restoring old friendships that had been damaged.
I don’t want to say it was a banner year, but after a couple bad years in a row, 2011 was really a turning point. One of transition. Not idly letting life slip away, unowned in the face.
I got a few years behind on life, I’ll admit. We can talk about the why and how, but I’m not gonna give excuses. I had to make a change. And I did. It may not appear to be a big one yet.
“But a tiny spark can set a great forest on fire.”
2012 is the year I resurrect Leonidas. The baby steps were fun, but now it’s time to be reckless.
“Prepare for glory!” – Leonidas
PS First thing I’m doing in 2012? Going to hang out with Matt Green.