236. My (New) New Year’s Resolutions

A new year is about to dawn, bringing endless opportunities for betterment, growth and self-improvement. (It also brings innumerable chances for making a fool of myself, but I’m trying not to think about that.) I’ve already reflected upon my resolutions for the past year. What about the next? In what ways will Adam strive to be a better person?

Here are my resolutions for 2014.

I will value variety

When I discover something I like, I stick to it until I’m sick of it—whether a song or a snack food or a television show. This is a really bad habit. I exhaust my enjoyment of all kinds of good things, and I make my life boring by doing the same blasted stuff over and over again. Variety is a gift. In the coming year, I intend to appreciate it.

I will live with confidence

If I had a penny for each of my insecurities, I would have enough cash to buy coffee at Starbucks. (That’s saying something.) I waste a lot of time and effort obsessively reassuring myself that I’m doing okay, everything is fine, etc. It’s annoying. I resolve to be confident—or at least to fake confidence—in my day-to-day life.

I will be a people person

As an introvert, I enjoy spending time alone. I think that’s perfectly fine; I scoff at the notion that introverts are broken extroverts. All the same, I can’t help but wonder… how many good things have I lost over the years because I chose to keep to myself? People have brought so much laughter and comfort and joy into my life, and I’d like to think I’ve occasionally brought something good into theirs. Without forsaking my love of peace and solitude, I want to spend more time with people.

I will keep up with this lousy blog

As you’ve probably noticed, I struggle to keep up with this blog. I write many posts—this one, for example—at the last minute, and generally fail to plan ahead. (My lack of self-discipline is surpassed only by my typewriter monkeys’ staggering apathy and laziness.) In the coming year, I’ll be more committed to working on this blog and writing posts in a timely fashion.

I will drink tea and coffee while they’re still hot

By the time I remember to quaff my final cups of morning coffee or my evening cup of tea, they’re usually cold. Seriously, I need to drink hot beverages while they’re, you know, still hot.

I will be consistent and faithful in fulfilling my spiritual commitments

Probably my greatest regret from the past five years is not being more faithful in reading Scripture and spending meaningful time in prayer. More recently, my churchgoing has been pretty inconsistent—my erratic work schedule is largely to blame, but still. My faith is absolutely the most important thing in my life, and I need to prove it in what I do.

Do you have any resolutions for the new year that you’re willing to share? Let us know in the comments!

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