What a year, and while part of me is glad that it’s over, another part of me is thrilled by what I accomplished and is really looking forward to continuing to grow in 2010.

How did you do on your resolutions for 2009? If you will recall from last year’s post, my resolutions were as follows:

  1. Ski more.
  2. Bike more.
  3. Sleep more.
  4. Shoot more (photos).
  5. Eat less.
  6. Drink (more or less, depending).
  7. Work wiser.
  8. Piss off fewer people.
  9. Survive and thrive another year.

How did I do? I skied less, I biked more (more than doubling my 2008 mileage), slept about the same, shot less, ate less, drank less (and more, depending), worked more wisely, pissed off way fewer people, and survived another year.

I also entered (and unfortunately exited) a wonderful relationship with a fabulous woman; a relationship in which I not only really allowed myself to be who I am, but felt comfortable doing so

In other words, not too bad, but not quite as good as I would have liked … which in hindsight is actually a good place to be, because it means that while there is still room for improvement and still work to be done, I’m definitely moving in the right direction.

So without further ado, the resolutions for 2010 (which look remarkably similar to 2009, with a few additions):

  1. Ski more.
  2. Bike more.
  3. Sleep more.
  4. Shoot more (photos).
  5. Write more.
  6. Eat less.
  7. Drink (more or less, depending).
  8. Work wiser.
  9. Save more money.
  10. Lose more weight.
  11. Piss off fewer people.
  12. Survive and thrive another year.

I think that’s a good start. And now, a quick verse to ring out the old year … before tomorrow’s Poetry Friday to ring in the new:

 

IN MEMORIAM, [RING OUT WILD BELLS]

Ring out, wild bells, to the wild sky,
  The flying cloud, the frosty light:
  The year is dying in the night;
Ring out, wild bells, and let him die.

Ring out the old, ring in the new,
  Ring, happy bells, across the snow:
  The year is going, let him go;
Ring out the false, ring in the true.

Ring out the grief that saps the mind
  For those that here we see no more;
  Ring out the feud of rich and poor,
Ring in redress to all mankind.

Ring out a slowly dying cause,
  And ancient forms of party strife;
  Ring in the nobler modes of life,
With sweeter manners, purer laws.

Ring out the want, the care, the sin,
  The faithless coldness of the times;
  Ring out, ring out my mournful rhymes
But ring the fuller minstrel in.

Ring out false pride in place and blood,
  The civic slander and the spite;
  Ring in the love of truth and right,
Ring in the common love of good.

Ring out old shapes of foul disease;
  Ring out the narrowing lust of gold;
  Ring out the thousand wars of old,
Ring in the thousand years of peace.

Ring in the valiant man and free,
  The larger heart, the kindlier hand;
  Ring out the darkness of the land,
Ring in the Christ that is to be.

  — Lord Alfred Tennyson