Oh hey, it's 2018

It's been 2018 for a couple of days now, and surprise, surprise, I don't feel any different. Having one day that starts the new year seems a little arbitrary to me; I'm not much of one for lavish parties, and ever since I reached adulthood and didn't need an excuse of a specific holiday to stay up until midnight playing video games (which is what New Year's Eve meant to me as a kid), New Years has faded in its significance. I've also never been much of one for resolutions, especially the kind that you don't start until a specific arbitrary day; if there's something that needs to be changed in my life, I usually change it as soon as I recognize the need. What, after all, is the point of waiting when I can do it right now?

Still, a new year, however arbitrary, allows for a chance to reflect and course correct. I'm not making any hard resolutions, but I am going to make some gentle suggestions for 2018-me to consider going forward.

  1. Spend less time on social media. Seriously, V, it eats so much of your time. You could be writing. You could be reading. YOU COULD BE PLAYING STARDEW VALLEY.
  2. Of the time you do spend on social media, try to spend more of it on Mastodon. It's a kinder, gentler place with lots of useful discussion about story and tea. Twitter makes you anxious. Keep the twitter account, by all means; there's people on there that you love and want to keep in touch with. But also be nice to yourself and spend more time on Mastodon.
  3. Keep writing. Turn off social media for a while (maybe an hour?) every day, and sit in front of that computer and write. Make words. That novel isn't going to happen otherwise. The blog won't write itself either.
  4. Keep getting those endorphins. Exercise takes time, and you'd rather be doing lots of other things, but it's worth it to finally have a brain that doesn't feel buried under worry, indecision, and self-doubt.
  5. Make the world a better place. I hope you figure out something more than the bare minimum of donating, calling, and voting that you can do. If you don't, just keep doing what you're doing.

I think that's it. Who knows what 2018 holds; I'm not necessarily optimistic, but I'm hopeful and willing to put in the work.

May 2018 be the year where that's enough.