02 January 2009

My New Year's list

I know many people have already posted/announced their New Year's resolutions, if they are doing any this year. And I am sure that some people have already broken theirs.

I have been thinking about my list for the past couple of weeks. I know what I would like to accomplish this year, but I am also intimately familiar with the fact that life has a way of throwing a monkey wrench into the best-laid plans.

Therefore, I give you my list of things that I would like to do this year:

First off, I would like to spend more time doing the things that bring me true happiness; being with my family and riding my bike, in that order. Unfortunately since my commute to/from work is a little more than an hour each way, that seriously cuts into any time that could be used for both. I don't have any control over the traffic (oh, if only...) so I can only strive to make the time spent on both that much more worthwhile.

I would like to spend less time yelling at my kids, and more time playing with them. I would like to help my kids with their homework and I would like to be there to help them with their problems in life. I would like to continue taking my wife out on weekly dates, even if the date consists of Taco Bell and Wal-Mart. I would like her to know that she is my best friend, and I would like to continue to be worthy of her, and to continue to be that person she said yes to all those years ago. I need to remember everyday how truly blessed I am that I have such a loving and supportive family, and never to take that for granted.

I would like to ride. I realize that "more" may not be a reality, so I would like to maximize my time on the bike. But, I don't want to be so focused on training that I no longer enjoy riding. I would like to remember the pure joy I find in riding. I would like to ride more centuries this year, but I realize that due to finances or time constraints, that may not be in the cards.

I would like the two things that make me happy to converge more this year. Last year, the time on the bike that I enjoyed most is when I was riding with my kids. I would like to get my family out riding more this year.

I would like to loose weight, but I realize that if life throws one of those previously mentioned "monkey wrenches" I will reach for the nearest bag of chocolate because food and eating is a coping mechanism, and it is much easier, and usually more convenient to reach for food than the bike. That being said, I would like to try to change that behavior so I am more apt to reach for the bike than the chocolate.

I would like to be a more pleasant person. I realize that I cannot change other's behaviors, but I can change my responses to their behaviors. I would like to be better at letting those people who matter to me know that they do matter to me. I would like my friends to know that I value their friendship. I would like to keep better contact with family and friends that are far away.

Well, there is my list. If you are making your own list, I wish you luck, and hope you are able to keep your resolutions throughout the year. I hope you all have a Happy New Year.

1 comment:

Kelly Hill said...

Hon, I LOVE YOU SO MUCH!!!!!!! You are such an inspiration to me. Thank you for wanting to be better, although you're pretty incredible as it is so good luck! You are such a wonderful husband and dad - we are all so lucky to have you.