Well, we’re almost 48 hours into 2007. So far so good, and I even woke up tired and cranky today.
2005 was easily the worst year of my life, but 2006 was probably one of the best. Though I’m not sure if I’m only saying that because it is in such close proximity to 2005. You know how if you put an ugly person next to an uglier person, then the first person looks much better? It might be like that. 2006 may still have been a relatively crappy year, but since 2005 was really crappy 2006 look much better. The single most important thing that happened in 2006 was getting my current job. I know I talk about it all the time, so I’ll spare the words this time. Suffice it to say that I’m still very thankful for it. It transferred my bleak and impoverished outlook on my future in 2005 to a rather gilded and optimistic outlook on life. Because of it I can do things and afford things (like my school debt).
I’m excited for 2007. Lots is in the works, and I think it’s going to shape up into another banner year (unlike some all-too-vocal idiots). It might be getting pretty expensive considering all the things I’d like to do including a trip to Florida, more skiing than normal, paying off a significant portion of my debt, and a hunting trip later in the year. I hope I can get enough vacation time to do it all. But life is more than just doing stuff; it’s also about being. Now that I’ve gotten past that gag-worthy “philosophical” sentence, I’ll explain what I mean. Somebody asked me recently what I aspired to do with my life. I couldn’t really think of a better answer so I just kinda mumbled, “I dunno, be a better man.” The answer felt pretty lame at the time, but I’ve realized after some mostly sleepless nights that that’s something I really do need to work on. My external life is fairly in order (the diaspora of my clothes are a notable exception), but my internal life needs a fair bit of housekeeping. On that note, I do have a New Year’s resolution: avoid hard drugs, loose women, pickpockets, and a life of crime. Should be pretty easy to keep.