That time of year to think about resolutions again (and Christmas obviously). But first I will look back at the 2009 ones.
1. Straight edge – the no drinking has gone really well. It has become easier as the year has gone on, and I can’t see any reason to drink again, at least not in the near future. I will probably have a couple of drinks to celebrate on New Years, mostly because I have alcohol in my house to use up and they were gifts so I don’t want to give them to other people. Some ‘friends’ have even promised to get me very drunk. No smoking and no drugs has also gone fine since I didn’t do that anyway. No casual sex has improved towards the end of the year.
2. Old boys – apparently they are the only ones around! Quite a few seem to have come back around this year, and very few new ones have appeared. So it has been a bit dull this year!
3. Welsh – started classes in September.
4. Give more money to charity – I haven’t set up a regular giving scheme, but I have bought quite a few copies of the Big Issue, shopped in charity shops, given a few coins at every fundraiser we’ve had at work, and once again buying a lot of Oxfam Unwrapped gifts as Christmas presents.
5. Exercise more – not really done this one.
6. Spend more time with friends – definitely achieved. Despite spending less on night out since not drinking, I still have no money because I’m socialising much more. I’ve done loads more with my friends this year than ever before, expanded my circle of friends, and generally feel a lot happier about it.
7. Blog more – haven’t been a regular, but have posted more than previus years.
New resolutions for 2010
Along with continuing and expanding the good work of 1, 3, 4, 6 and 7 above, I also intend to:
Become a vegan – I have been a vegetarian for about 14 years (also a resolution), but more recently I have become uncomfortble about these animals’ lives existing purely for our benefit, and the environmental aspects (animal farming takes up more land and more energy than plant farming).
Reduce emissions – I have signed up to 10:10 to reduce my carbon emissions by 10% in 2010. I will find some parts very easy, such as reducing heating and electricity bills as I keep these down anyway, but leaving the car behind will be difficult, especially since public transport is so ridiculously expensive around here.
Exercise more – back for 2010! It has to be cheap and carbon-efficient though. So walking and biking and riding the horses.
Become an activist – I have a lot of opinions and I read a lot of alternative media, but I don’t really pass anything on. So the plan is to lobby politicians and decision makers, inform my friends and family, and take part in events such as talks and demonstrations.
They may be more by December 31st, but that’s all I’ve got for now.