Improving on perfection


2009 was very good to me, and I like to think that I was pretty good to it. Looking back on my resolutions/predictions for myself I made a year ago, very few of them have actually played out, but the overall spirit of improvement has been pervasive. Let’s review what I thought I’d do and my level of success.

 

 

 

 

  1. I will set one or more lofty goals that I’ll never meet No idea what I was talking about here, but I can pretty much guarantee I decided to do something and failed.
  2. I will continue to take a whole lot of photos I was aiming to post 1,000 photos to flickr in twelve months. Sadly, I must report, I came up short at 65. My photography this year eventually strayed further from a pursuit of creating art to simply documenting life. I have zero problem with this. And besides, there’s no reason to think they can’t co exist. Also, it’s worth noting that I shot and then edited to completion a few hundred photos for a wedding this summer. So, while not on flickr, still impressive enough.
  3. I will move While I was predicting either a move out of town or buying a house, I actually am renting… in Memphis. So I’ll give myself 50% credit on that.
  4. The amount of time and money I expend on entertainment outside of the home will be greatly diminished Mission accomplished. If you’ve not seen me much recently, it’s because I’ve been running, playing board games or just hanging out with friends in more healthy ways.
  5. I will take an artistic risk… in the semi-public eye Failure. If I have a single regret for this year, it’s that artistically, I was fairly dormant.

 

OK, with that self-indulgent activity out of the way, let’s get to the point of why I bring any of it up. Obviously, at the new year, most of us feel this need to embark on some sort of self-improvement plan. While I suppose it’s important to reflect on one’s way of living from time to time, what if that reflection reveals that actually, you’re pretty much doing it right?

I’m not calling it perfect. We all have things we’d prefer to be different about ourselves (some of which are under our control), but I know I often find myself shooting way to high simply for my own personal shock value. Thankfully, I never really get disappointed by not achieving these goals because most were ridiculous to begin with.

I could certainly resign to improve this, create more of that, stop doing whatever and if successful, I’d be a better person and be very proud. However, there comes a point where some changes could directly impede the success of other things important to you. Is it possible our worth to ourselves and those around us measured on a bell curve? Being a better artist could mean being a worse boyfriend. Working on my cooking could mean I’m not as healthy (both because of the food, but also the time that could be spent exercising). Writing more on this blog could result in not doing my job (*wink).

Obviously, I realize it’s not so black and white. There’s certainly a compromise to be found, but suppose I’ve achieved my best. What if I truthfully can’t get any better?

Basically, this is my way to justify being lazy. I argue that 2010 should be the year of maintaining my current awesomeness. Who’s with me?

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