I’m not one for the whole “New Year, New Me” stuff, I know it’s not meant literally, but it still feels a little like “if I change myself, everything will get better”. I’m very much of the mindset of work with what you’ve got and try not to repeat any mistakes you may have made in the past. Even so, now we’re in 2021, it’s maybe a good idea to have some small goals, particularly as we’re all in lockdown in the UK again (Boris Johnson can call it Tier 5 as much as he likes, it’s still lockdown), so I need something to do to stop me going crazy. I’m going with things that I think are realistic.
First is to deal with my body shape, I’m not going to be weight tracking or anything like that, but over the past few years, I’ve developed a bit of a frog belly. This is partially down to the anti-depressants I’m on, which increase my appetite (so when I ran out over Christmas I really saw the difference, but I also barely slept either, so I’d rather keep on taking them). I’m limited with the exercise I can do, nothing that has a major impact on my knee’s as I have a bone spur that’s going into the cartilage of my right knee. I did start following a routine of pull-ups and kettlebell exercises last year but begun to slack off with them, I’ll get back to doing those before expanding.
Secondly, I’m going to learn to play the bass guitar this year. I was bought one for Christmas, after being interested for years (starting with thinking Taka Hirose was really cool back in the late 90s/early 00s). The only instruments I’ve ever played was a few keyboard lessons in school in year 7 and trying to play my sister’s acoustic guitar when I was about 8 or 9. I’ve bought Rocksmith 2014 on Steam and also bought the cable that goes with it, so I’m all set for that.
My last goal is to just get more involved with my communities, specifically the blogging community. I launched this place in its original guise in 2019, then it grew from being a free WordPress blog into what I have today, but its been mostly a solo effort and I like the way elements of the community bounce off each other and share idea’s and community-led writing, and whilst it’s been difficult coming up with constant content during last years difficulties, I don’t necessarily attribute that to just being shut at home with the kids, I’ve settled too easily into patterns I didn’t want for this place: namely bashing out reviews of games and books, and I want to change that. not because I want my readership to increase (though that’s always a positive), but because I know I can do more than that. I also want to go back to doing my themed content, so that means fixing my Vita and getting back t the Final Fantasy IX playthrough, continuing my exploration of Alfred Hitchcock’s movies and scratching off more of those “100 Must-See Movies” that I have a poster of (many of which I have seen many times over, but have never written about).
Have you set yourself any goals for 2021? Share them with me and maybe we can help each other achieve those goals.