Hi, I’m Evan Zangerle. You might remember me from such Blogs as “Miscarriage: One Man’s Perspective”
I’m not one for New Years Resolutions. My thought has always been, “If it’s something I should do or change I should do it now.” I re-evaluate myself at any time of the year and won’t find myself doing any extra introspection because I’m flipping the calendar. That being said, some of you do; and that’s okay, too.
There are some of the things I’ve thought about recently, so call them New Year’s resolutions if you like. The theme here is going back to what makes/made me happy. A healthy dose of nostalgia every now and again is good, especially if it was a positive habit, hobby, or friend you may have moved on from. If you just kicked a hobby of smoking; probably don’t pick it back up.
Personally, I used to teach music.
I was damn good at it, too! I was a musical director for community theater and taught private lessons. My life revolved around music. Nowadays, my life revolves around everything else. And music is just … out there somewhere. I need to make a conscious effort to bring music back to my life. Listening, playing, writing; you name it, I should be doing more of it. It is a hobby or skill that I let get away from me. And I miss it terribly.
Now is always a good time to get back into old hobbies or things you enjoyed. Are there things you used to do but found life simply got in the way? Start it back up again! Used to paint? Take a class! Used to do theater? Join a community theater group nearby or get back into it with simple lessons. Used to play sports? I bet there is some adult/social league playing some sport nearby. Lots of you used to write; I’m sure of it. Grab a pen and paper get back into it. I don’t know what you kids do in your spare time anymore. But just name the thing you used to do … before the kids, before the job, before binge watching NETFLIX … Get back to it!
Do you remember what you wanted to be when you grew up?
Perhaps it’s too late to BE Wonder Woman, but can you pursue an aspect of it as a hobby or even a big change? Flying and lassos come to mind. It’s never too late to make yourself happy and your life better.
Just know that I wanted to be a Fire Truck when I grew up. Not a fireman mind you, a Fire Truck. So, I guess not all dreams do come true.Sometimes, you should look back to go forward.... Click To Tweet
The great thing about going back to old hobbies is you aren’t starting from scratch. You’ve been there, you’ve done that, you already know you enjoy it. You have or can easily attain the building blocks again. It shouldn’t be as daunting a task as your typical New Years Resolution. “I’m going to run 5 miles every week” Sure, it’s a healthy and admirable goal and something to strive for but let’s be honest … have you even run 1 mile in the last 5 years? Just sayin’.
“Hope is not a plan”
This is a common phrase in my business. We can’t hope that we’ll get the motivation somehow. Or hope that the plans we have won’t fall apart. Stumbles are what you are going to run into. In fact, I’d bet $50 of someone else’s money that YOU didn’t have a plan last time you wanted to try something new and lost interest. Because obstacles happen and “hoping” you’d have time to get caught up doesn’t work without a plan to make it happen. Plan for the pain, the frustration, the kids, the unexpected … the unexpected kids … etc. Have plans to negotiate around the foreseeable obstacles and meet YOUR goals. Hope is not a plan!
My goals are to continue to get fit. I want to comfortably wear 32” waist pants and change my shirts to mediums and NOT look like a sausage. I also want to get more involved in music and the arts. Dawn, will you go dancing with me?
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