This is the fourth and final post in my Year in Review series.
It was a rough year. I mean. For basically everyone. Except for those people. They know who they are. They’re almost definitely not reading this post, so I’m not worried.
It was a rough year.
I attended my first rallies and protests (I had attended a march before, regarding nuclear disarmament, in spring of 2010 but never protests.) I called my representatives for the first time. I wrote letters. I listened to tele-townhalls. I shouted. I cried. I despaired. I cheered. I hoped.
I did a lot.
I did not do enough.
I did as much as I could.
I burned out.
I tried again.
I did not help enough.
All of these things are true.
And less globally, I saved money, but not enough. I made some bad financial choices. I made some good ones. I managed my time better but not great. I was a good friend, but I was not a great friend. I started a new dayjob that I really like, but that is far more emotionally, mentally and time-wise demanding than I thought it would be.
It’s hard to balance sometimes all the things we’re asked to juggle. I wrote a book that was extremely demanding, and then I wrote it again and again and again which took away time from other projects. I spent a ton of time, energy, and money out of my own pocket to promote my book, balancing dayjob and health and project management. I was a jack of all trades this year, and master of none. And that was not great.
I can’t be a master of all trades, and I can’t afford not to be jack of all trades.
But I want to set some goals.
- Work on focus and time management
- Move into a new apartment
- Call my representatives three times a week
- Get involved with campaigns
- Write a letter to the editor
- Be a better friend
- Go to another protest
- Be more energy efficient (including conscious of the gas I use)
- Reduce my waste
- Save more money
Some are big goals (and I’ve broken them down into managable steps, but that’s more private, I think) and some are small, but they’re all important to how I see my 2018 going. And how I see all of our 2018s going.
What are your personal goals this year?