I tend to eschew New Year’s resolutions…in fact I honestly cannot recall ever making any. Perhaps it’s my bent towards pragmatism. Or it could be the realization that very little of my life is actually within my control; therefore it seems pretentious to make resolutions.
The thing I appreciate about the tradition of making resolutions is that it is a uniquely human demonstration of hope. Hope that things can change for the better. We intuitively know that hope is essential.
While I shy away from “resolutions”, I can relate to goals. They can help guide decisions, sacrifices, and are milestones for progress. If a goal is not achieved by the end of the year, value can be ascribed from the effort. Semantics? Maybe.
That said, I have come up with a few goals for the coming year:
- Add at least 1 native fish to my species caught
- Add at least 2 new rivers fished
- Keep my fly box fully stocked with flies from my own vise
- Submit articles for publication to 2 national magazines or ezines
- Arrow a mature buck
- Learn to spey cast
- See Yellowstone or Yosemite
- Serve on my local Trout Unlimited board of directors with distinction ( I am the acting president of the Guadalupe River chapter)
- Learn how to use Photo Shop
- Get my “followers” numbers above 25
- Celebrate another anniversary with my bride
Stay tuned gentle reader for…the rest of the story (with apologies to Paul Harvey)