I can’t say that I’m feeling particularly reflective or contemplative. It may just be my contrarian nature to resist the pull of the year’s end to reflect, but I’m seriously not in that space because it’s the end of the year. I’m in that space because that’s where my head is, as a direct consequence of how the last few months have gone.
It’s been a transformative year: the move to Denver, the change in jobs, the smaller house, the focus on experience over things, Sunshine’s business, both of our quite dramatic moves towards health, the new friends and things to see just minutes from our front door. It’s been a hell of a year.
Of course, my reticence to declare goals may have something to do with where I was at this time last year. I stopped posting accountability stuff here, and I won’t bother going into why again. But this time, it really feels like more of a blog post.
Sunshine asked me yesterday if I had any goals. I asked her if she’d been paying attention? But then I talked about the things that we have underway, and where our attention has been:
- Health: keto, exercise, mobility, flexibility, presence and mindfulness.
- Hunting: acquiring tools, skills and experiences necessary to make that a reality next season. Research. Licenses and tags. Scouting. Camping out for locations.
- Hiking: tons of hiking. There is simply no excuse.
- Photography: more, with a focus on wildlife photography, integrated with the other goals.
- Screenprinting: found a local open studio, scheduled to take a course, get my hands back in ink!
- Writing: frankly, the less said about this the better. All in good time.
- Woodworking: several projects, but need to figure out how to make the time.
These things have already been actualized, with arcs and agenda of their own. Contextualizing them as “accountability” items puts it in the wrong headspace for me. This is what I’ve been up to and where I’m going.
As it turns out, this blog has been a great way to capture that.
Looking forward to 2016. This year has been intense, but in great ways, and I suspect that next year will be much more of the same.