11 February 2013

Housekeeping, Failure, and Birthdays! (Oh my!)

First off, a little bit of "housekeeping" - in the off chance that I actually have daily readers yet (hello, all two of you), in case you were wondering about posts yesterday and Saturday, I spontaneously decided on Saturday that this will be a Monday - Friday blog, with perhaps an occasional post on weekends when necessary. This was in part decided due to the fact that it was 11:45 PM on Saturday when I was at a friend's birthday party, and I realized that I had not yet made a post that day. Oops. Plus, I'm usually pretty busy on Sundays.

Second, as you may be noticing, this post is already longer than 100 words. I've decided that, for me anyway, 100 words is generally too short to express exactly what I want to say without sounding like I'm being too short on purpose, or even sounding like I'm not fully putting thought into what I post. So, essentially, I was trying to create a blog that allowed me another medium to express myself, but I was establishing rules that would not let me express myself. So, since this blog is still quite "young," I figured the best time to change it would be now. Sorry for those of you who prefer shorter reads. Maybe you'll have more fun on Twitter.

Anywhoo, my random thought for today: I was recently discussing the over-marketing (if that works as a term?) of pretty much every holiday with a friend of mine. The discussion went something like this: we mentioned how gyms were capitalizing on the fact that virtually everyone adds diet and/or exercise to their New Year's Resolutions, and, as a result of this, they offer ridiculously low prices to join and get you to sign a one year contract. Then I "tangented" (if you don't know what I mean, you see me do it enough to figure it out pretty quickly) to this: what if, instead of New Year's Resolutions, we made birthday resolutions? I mean, what exactly is it about a New Year that makes you want to set new goals? I usually tend to be a lot more reflective about my life on my birthday, not January 1st. Your birthday is when you are literally entering the next year of your life.

Also, New Year's goals are all made around the same time, and they are all broken around the same time. So when we stop living up to them, so are all of our friends, so we justify it. Now, imagine if instead of asking, "what are your New Year's Resolutions?" (which you really only think about once a year, and then usually forget within a few weeks), you asked "What are your birthday resolutions?" Every time you have a friend/family member with a birthday coming up, you'd ask them about them, and you would also, most likely think back to your own goals.

So this year, on my birthday (which happens to be today, which is why this is on my mind again), I'm going to be setting birthday goals (I didn't set any in January.) Will it help me to remember them more? Maybe. But especially so if I get other people to join me, so that we can ask each as our birthdays approach what our goals are.

So who wants to join me? Anyone else want to commit to set some goals as their birthdays approach?

In the mean time, I'll get to brain storming...

(Oh, btw, my countdown of 10 movies I want to see this year will continue on WEDNESDAY.)

-Captain Z

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