Monday, December 31, 2012
Last Thoughts Of 2012
Every year about this time, my mind tilts like an abused pinball machine. The first of the year is the perfect opportunity to wipe the slate clean and really give life the ol' college try...again. Where did I go wrong the year before? Where did I go right? If I didn't do it then, well then I'm doing it now. If I did do it and I shouldn't have, well then I need to make sure I do something else.
For the last few years, I kicked off the new year with breakfast at Nathan's and then a swim with the Polar Bears at Coney Island. That brief dip into the icy waters of Brooklyn was ideal. Like a human reboot. Post-Hurricane Sandy obstacles have complicated this year's swim, so me and the boys have decided to postpone this year's demented baptism until 2014. Still, I feel like there is a golden opportunity in January 1st and I'd rather not see it go to waste.
I don't necessarily want to give anything up. I'm not a smoker. I eat well, though it could be better. I am not addicted to television.
I have a short fuse. I take things personally. I stew. I find myself wondering...obsessing really... why people, family and friends, do what they do rather than just accepting what they do. Tolerance and acceptance. This is what I'm thinking about for 2013.
Conversely, I'd like to see friends and family behave the same way. Less scrutiny and criticism. More communication. Less passive-aggression.
Ultimately, we are all good people. Some happier than others. But trust me on this, life feels a lot better when you try to work things out. That thing you did in 1979 that really screwed things up between you and that guy? Let it go. That thing you said and for some reason keep saying, over and over again, it ain't helping. It can't possibly feel better to be angry.
Let's all stop pointing fingers and laying blame.
As a wise friend once said, "He doesn't hate you. He hates himself."
Words of wisdom that we all can relate to.
We can all do a little soul searching. No one is off the hook.
Don't lose your passion for life. Food. Music. Theatre. Art.
If someone tells you to relax or calm down, unless your screaming or wielding an axe, tell them to fuck off.
Get excited! It's okay.
As per usual, I will spending New Year's Eve at the 24 Hour Female Full-Contact Karate Karaoke Gym & BBQ in Corona.
Whatever you do, have fun.
Don't forget to tip the wait staff.
HAPPY NEW YEAR.