Fireworks in Panama City
New Year's Day is every man's birthday. ~Charles Lamb
Every year, lists are made, goals are set, and people resolve to become a better incarnation of themselves. Often, a short time later, those lofty goals, set with such rabid determination, become like a winter coat, cast off in the heat of the new spring. So why set them at all? I believe it's in our nature. We strive for greater than we are...we long to catch a piece of Victory's laurel. Even if the competition is only set against ourselves. Still, sometimes, the goals are kept and it is for those that we keep striving...because it is in the sweetness of that success that we see what we are capable of...and in the casting off what we still desire to run towards.
A goal does not have to seem extraordinary to be of value. Sometimes it is in the smallest changes that the greatest differences are made. With that said, here is my list for the year...great are small...and my reasons for each. There is no particular order here, I just enjoy the list making.
my current selection
1. Be a more avid reader. My father is a book salesman, I grew up with a healthy love of reading and have spent many hours transfixed between the pages of a book. Over the last few years, after completing school, I've let the habit lapse a bit and I miss it. I've added the Shelfari application here to hold myself accountable. I have no set number of books that must be read, just the commitment to continual practice. (Steve, this goal was actually inspired by your own desire to read more.)
The world isn't the oyster...it's the pearl. Bahamas
2. Continue to Travel. There is nothing that will grow you more than expanding your horizons. As far as places, Alaska is always on my list. I love the place more than any other and any return to it is always welcome. I'd like to break the borders again this year...while overseas seems a bit out of reach right now, Canada and Mexico have always treated me well and I'd love to trip over the lines to them again. (Not to say I won't still reach for further locations!) Still, even small trips here and there...anywhere I've never been before and those comfortable places I frequent will be more than welcome. The point is to just keep in motion.
It took me a very long time to be comfortable in my own skin.
3. Continued Fitness. I decided not to think of this as "lose some weight" or anything like that. I believe that weight loss is the number one resolution made every year...but for me...it's become more than that. This is one of those goals that flows from year to year. I have never been that girl with the svelte figure, the hourglass that the boys clamor for. I do however apparently "have a great personality." ;) Over the past few years, I've dramatically changed the way I view my body...and through it, my own self worth. I've made the effort to stop seeing the flaws and start seeing the strength. Of course that doesn't mean I don't still look in the mirror and sigh from time to time. Eventually this will deserve it's own post since it's been pretty integral to who I am...but over a relatively short course of time, I've lost over 70lbs. Faith, dedication, and self denial have all been factors. It has been one of the most difficult roads I've ever walked but one of the most rewarding. My goal is to keep continuing down that road, reaching milestones along the way, but never stopping. This is one of those journeys without end...
I can skate enough to not fall down every time I go...I'd like a little more skill than that though.
4. Learn to ice skate. It's fun. Really, what more do you need?
"For God, who said, 'Let light shine out of darkness,' has shone in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God's glory in the face of Jesus the Messiah." 2 Corinthians 4:6
5. Grow closer to my God. I am a Christian and am unashamed of it. My desire is to grow closer to Jesus Christ and to tell others of the joy of a relationship with Him. Christ is my joy and my continued strength...my rock, my shield, and my salvation. He is not my crutch, He is my backbone.
"Bear ye one another's burdens. Help each other, sustain each other; if you see one about to stumble under his burden, hold him up." Galatians 6:2