One resolution I have made, and try always to keep, is this: To rise above the little things.
If you’ve read my New Year’s post from two years back, you know how I feel about them – real resolutions aren’t made around this time. Really, don’t bother with making a habit of resolving to do anything – that’s saved for the masses that relish pre-determined seasonal routines: a dozen roses on Valentine’s day, getting wasted on St. Patrick’s day, camping out for deals on Black Friday/Boxing Day, etc.
As I look upon my past year, I can say that I have a good recollection of most days, and a vivid memory of a select number of days. Driven by a desire to experiment and create, I constantly, and perhaps slightly perilously, put myself in a state of change and challenge. Doing my best to stay true to the “do one thing every day that scares you” maxim, my days never blended into one another in a forgettable haze.
Some days I would attempt a conversation in a foreign language. Some days I would strike up conversation with attractive women in public. Some days I would be on the dance floor making a scene, the good way, in a nightclub on the other side of the world. Some days I was trying out new business ideas. Almost every day I was either creating or learning something new. Keeping this blog updated is a part of it, since non-technical writing was never my forte. Though I can’t lay out days past photographically, I can say that the feeling from the moment I woke up to the end of any day was never tiring like it was in my office days. I may have been burnt out at the end of some days, but it was a satisfying tiredness.
And, believe it or not, I wasn’t travelling most of the time. Having a memorable year due to long-term travel is almost a given, and, although creating the circumstances for long-term travel requires more