I’ve given up on making New Years resolutions

But the new year is dawning and it’s always a time of beginnings

Alistair Taylor

So, here we are on the eve of the New Year, time for a column on resolutions.

I like our Irice cartoon today where our main character makes a list of resolutions that he’s actually going to attain. That’s me to a T.

But the new year is dawning and it’s always a time of beginnings. Or, at least, an opportunity to start anew.

I’m not going to be formally announcing any resolutions. Sure, I may try yet again to lose some weight. And, definitely, I’m going to get more exercise.

I didn’t finish that book I had resolved to write in 2014 but I’ll take a stab at it in 2015.

I have no plans to go anywhere or take up a new job. I might buy a new house, or I might continue renovating the old one.

We’ll see.

The fact of the matter is, things are pretty good. A few tweaks here and there, maybe, but all in all, I anticipate carrying on much the same way I did in 2014. And 2013, for that matter. And so on.

I certainly do want to get in more time taking photographs for the sake of taking photographs. And there are more campgrounds to explore, trails to hike and lakes to paddle. That’s certainly going to continue.

I won’t stop listening to music new and old. I’ll continue  plunking away at the guitar. Each year I feel like I’m getting better at it.

I look forward to making new discoveries in 2015. New artists, new musicians, new songs from old favourites.

And then there’s all those books I haven’t read yet. The library’s full of titles. I can’t wait to get at them.

And movies. I’m not a big move-goer but I usually take in a few. Lots of good T.V. shows out there too. I’m definitely not resolving to watch less T.V. I might actually watch less but I’m not resolving to do so. Que sera, sera, right?

I will keep trying to improve my craft, that of journalistic writing. I will always strive to be a better photographer. I don’t need to make a resolution to do that. That’s what I do all the time. I never assume I can’t get better at something, anything.

I will keep trying to put out a better newspaper, that’s just the way I approach things. Sometimes I succeed, sometimes I don’t but it’s always my goal.

We’ll check back in 12 months to see how I did.

In the meantime, Happy New Year everybody.