In your own space, set some goals for the coming year. They can be fannish or not, public or private.
I've never been a real fan of New Year's Resolutions, they're always a little overwrought, always something to use to make yourself feel like shit when you don't live up to them, and, more often than not, they're all about losing weight because that's what the 10 billion diet commercials tell us we should be doing.
Fuck that noise.
But goals in and of themselves aren't bad things. It gives us something to reach, to achieve. Something to be proud of.
Blerg, I'm having a weird day, anyway, thinking about my life, about how I'm older now than my parents were when I was born, about what I've done and haven't done, what I've achieved and haven't achieved. Just a generally weird day.
But I have achieved things. In fact, I achieved something today. I called my US Congressional Rep's office to voice my support for Obamacare. Believe me, this is a big fucking deal, because I hate the phone and I hate cold-calling and I stuttered through the whole thing but I did it.
I mean, it won't change my Rep's mind, I know him of old, but I'm not going to go quietly into the motherfucking night.
Anyway, goals. In 2017 I will:
*Write more. Write something every day.
*Be kinder. And look for ways I can help and then actually offer my help, if it's appropriate. I tend to stand back, hesitant to step in, even when that hesitance is unwarranted.
* Speak up. I don't have a lot of faith that I, alone, can change anything. But that's not the point. Saying something is the point. Not letting my silence communicate acquiescence is the point.
* Not be a dick. It's, like, the baseline of civility. And it's amazing how easy it is to forget. Seriously, just don't be a dick.
* Exercise. I'm not talking "I have to lose ALL the weight" exercise, but the "Just do something, anything, with your body" kind of exercise. Because it's true, if you don't use it, you lose it and I'd like to put off losing it for as long as humanly possible.
I think that's a good start. Those are good goals to have. That's a good place to start.