A New Year, A New Effort.

I know, I know. Time is a man-made construct that ultimately doesn’t matter much in the grand scheme of things, but we, as humans, have created methods of breaking down the vastness of reality into little chunks that make it far more manageable and comprehensible. There’s always a part of me that wonders why it’s so appealing to make a big deal out of the start of a New Year, a relatively arbitrary distinction based on the movement of our planet around a big giant ball of gas an unfathomable amount of distance away. Couldn’t I just set and start these goals whenever I feel like it? Why am I restricted by the turning a calendar page? But there’s just something about that collective, nearly universal clean slate that allows you to put everything in the past away and just look forward with a fresh set of eyes and a whole expanse of possibility ahead of you.

I’ve always been a fan of fresh starts. The New Year just gives me a nice, clearly defined structure on which to based this next one on.

It isn’t like I’m brining anything too new or different to the table, either. My goals are almost always pretty consistent, focusing around producing more, writing more, posting more, sending out more stuff and putting myself out there more. I usually do pretty well for the first few weeks, but then I get swept up in the stress of my “Real LIfe” job, or whatever else, fall out of the habit, and then just generally give up.

And every year, I resolve to do better.

Will this year be any different? Will I actually stick with it? Will I declare my goals and hold on tight and refuse to let go?

There’s really only one way to find out.

So here’s to 2023. A fresh start and goals refocused. Here’s to brushing the dust off this space and starting to use it more, because there’s only one way to do something, and that’s just to do it, even if doing it feels an awful lot like babbling out there into the ether. But you’ve got to start somewhere. Or, in this case, restart. Again. And again. And again

Maybe this time, it’ll actually stick.

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