Many people make New Year's resolutions that set unrealistic goals and are forgotten in a about a week. There are plenty of memes that make fun of this...
I want to avoid that but I still have plans for this year. The old saying goes something like this:
Failing to plan is planning to fail.
The margin of error for all of us is growing thin and having entered my 50s the margin for me is thinner. That means I can't just drift into 2022 and hope for the best, because if I don't make things intentional, I will find myself in December of 2022 wondering where the year went.
Here are my Not-Resolutions for 2022 by category....
This is the most common "resolution" made and the one most quickly abandoned. In my case it is something I have been working on for most of the second half of last year, as I wrote about here: A Lean, Mean Blogging Machine. I am not looking to start something new but rather to continue what I am already doing.
Based on a few factors, the weight loss and improved physical conditioning has been going great. I am conservatively estimating that I am down over 40 pounds and likely more than that. The jeans I was wearing when I started losing weight went on the "too big" pile and the jeans the next size down followed quickly. The ones I am wearing now are 4" smaller in the waist than where I started and are falling off me a bit already. People have said things like "You look like a completely different person" so I guess the weight loss is working.
So what now? The challenge is to keep it up, maintaining the diet and exercise but adding in weights to the training regimen. I also have been to the family doc and pretty much all of my vitals look great so that is another good sign and indicates that I started getting back into shape before I did too much permanent damage. Going to the eye doc in a week or so, my current glasses that I only wear when driving, are beat to shit, like held together on one side with electrical tape and they are at least a decade old, probably more, so I need new ones.
Along with physical health comes mental health and keeping the mind sharp and the horizons broad. In 2021 I read more than I have in a long time, mostly keeping track via Goodreads and it was a good year for me...
47 books is a lot and sure lots of them were less than challenging, including some Jack Reacher books which are the literary equivalent of tapioca, but some deeper works as well. I am of the opinion that any sort of reading is good but of course more difficult works make you work your brain harder. Thanks to the magic of torrents I have more books on hand than my local library growing up so there is plenty of material for 2022. There are files out there with thousands of ebooks, the biggest challenge is sorting out which ones I will actually read.
The flip side of pure mental health is spiritual health and having left organized religion behind I plan on exploring what it means to have a healthy spiritual life without the comfortable framework of a religious system. Expect more writing about that.
I really, really need to a) figure out stuff like HAM/shortwave radio and b) get a decent set-up. I have some Baofeng handhelds but I need something with more oomph. This is something I anticipate will become a very real need, very soon, as throttling and censoring the internet will become more common-place in the name of "public health". It is not coincidental that the same people who line up in favor of vaxx mandates and quashing debate about Covid are also reliably leftist on virtually every other issue and they have almost all of the cards when it comes to deciding what we hear about.
Anyone reading that is a ham radio guy, let me know. For someone who knows nothing about amateur radio, it can be incredibly daunting to get started. My goal is to get my license and a set-up that is not going to bankrupt me but be robust enough to do what I need and allow me to expand as I figure it out.
It is going to be simultaneously terribly important to be able to share non-approved information in the years to come and also much, much harder to do so. Social media has been great in some respects but in many others it has created a dangerous situation where most of our communication has been throttled down into a few channels that are easily choked off. That is why sharing is caring, spread posts from bloggers far and wide where you can.
Real Life Relationships
The other side of that is that having lots of Interwebz frens and frens on teh hamz is swell but when SHTF having frens who live 800 miles away that I have never met IRL isn't all that useful. I love having the connections online but as a somewhat reclusive person in the real world, I need to expand that circle of friends and mutual assistance contacts.
So somehow I need to overcome my aversion to meeting new people in social settings and get out there. We have a good start locally on contacts but I would like to expand that base and start to get a feel for where some of our casual acquaintances stand on some of The Big Issues.
Something that is embarrassing that I freely admit, and more than suspect is the case with most of /ourguys/ is that I spend too much time buying stuff and not enough time practicing with that stuff. I have always been more of a planner than a doer. Planning is good and necessary of course but without practical training it won't be as useful.
I really should quantify this somehow so I can measure whether I am keeping up or not, I guess I will have to work on that. Whatever it looks like, I need to put more rounds downrange in 2022. The price of ammo is what it is and that can't keep being an excuse.
More and more betterer is my motto in 2022.
That is what I have planned, what are you doing in 2022 to get ready for TEOTWAWKI?