Saturday, January 01, 2011

New Years Resolutions

I know, New Years resolutions are lame and most people give up on them within the first month (once the hype dies down). However, I have never really been one for making them and didn't feel like I really needed to. Perhaps I still don't, but I am going to do it anyway. I want to stop being so jaded to everything and take life a little less serious. I am going to be more open to things I thought were lame in the past. Sometimes lame things can be rad if you expand your mind a bit. So I settled on 10 resolutions that I am hoping to accomplish in 2011.

1. Stop missing flights.

I really need to stop doing that. I've missed 5 this year, and 3 of those were just since October. I need to start off the year right and make my flight back to NYC (I'm in Virginia Beach right now) tomorrow morning. I am so over missing my flights. Hopefully the one from 2 days ago will be my last.

2. Start making better decisions.
I've made some pretty bad decisions, I need to stop doing that too. Typically that is in regard to girls and money. This may be the hardest resolution because I tend to know that I am making a bad decision and still follow through with it. I probably won't be able to correct this 100%, but I need to try.

3. Land a frontside nosegrind in the KCDC ramp.
This has plagued me. I learned frontside nosegrinds in tranny a few months ago, but have been struggling to land it in the KCDC ramp. The ramp is quick and not very wide, which makes it a bit difficult. But I have been on it a million times and should be able to land it if I fully commit. Basically, I just need to man up and commit.

4. Travel abroad, at least once.
I haven't been out of the country in over 3 years. I need to do that this year. I am aiming for France, Indonesia, and/or Japan. If anything, Canada should count. I've never been there and it is really close.

5. Move out of Queens.

I love Queens and all, but it is about time I move on and experience another borough, such as Manhattan or Brooklyn. I've lived in Queens for a while and it is just too mellow for what I need right now. I would like to live somewhere where I can do some stuff in my neighbor hood and not have to always go to another borough to get into something.

6. Celebrate holidays more.

I used to celebrate holidays and make them into something fun, but the last fews years have seen a lack of participation from me. I might have celebrated some of them a little, but nothing too significant. Well, Valentine's Day & Halloween always got me pumped, but the others were lacking. Speaking of, I should start figuring out who is going to be my Valentine...that's the next holiday, right?

7. Learn how to play my banjo, finally.
I've had this thing for 2 years now and have made hardly any progress with it. I need to get a lesson or two and spend more time practicing. It deserves more than to sit around being neglected all the time. I always wanted to play and have the opportunity to, but just don't. Lame.

8. Get a car.
I need an escape route from NYC. I love the city, but sometimes I just need to get out. Even if it isn't far. I want to just be able to randomly decide to get in my car and drive somewhere, even if it is just PA, Jersey, Connecticut, or Upstate. I do have my grandpa's old van waiting for me in Charlotte, NC, at my mom's. At the very least, I am going to get some work done on that and use that as my mode of transportation.

9. Go snowboarding, at least twice.

I've only been on a mountain snowboarding twice ever. I have gone snowboarding in Central Park a couple times, which is fun, but not the same. I spend all the money on gear a couple years ago to motivate me, but that never happened. It is time I put that money to use and go have some fun speeding down some mountains.

10. Start a 'zine.

I know, it is going to be tough to make a good 'zine because, well, frankly, I don't have the time. But so long as I have some good help and don't try to do everything myself, I should be able to find some scraps of time between everything else to work on one. It could be a really fun project and I have been talking about doing one for years. It is time I put that into action.