I believe in living life the way that you want to live it every day, and if you do that, you don’t really need to have New Year’s resolutions — Tom Ford
Happy New Year, folks!
Now that I’ve gotten that out of the way, I suppose I could do a little reflecting on 2017. I’m not talking about reflecting on the questionable state of humanity in its current manifestation. I’m talking about reflecting on the year I’ve had. As per usual, there are probably some things I won’t get into specifics about, but I think you’re used to me being evasive when necessary, anyway.
I set out at the end of 2016 and beginning of 2017 with a list of goals or little things I wanted to achieve. Let’s be honest, it’s the little things can add up to something amazing down the road. I made a list of 12 things that I wanted to get the opportunity to experience and grow from, as a result, for 2017.
I managed to achieve all these small goals, except for two. Actually, it’s one because the other one is a work-in-progress. By the way, I think about half of these goals kind of fell into my lap. The power of positivity and being a bit laser-focused, I guess. And to be honest, the one that didn’t come to fruition was one I figured wouldn’t happen anyway, given my track record in that particular area. I guess one could call it a throwaway. If it happened, great. If it didn’t, it wouldn’t have taken away from all the other things that were achieved. What has been achieved, has been diminished.
Aside from my trip to Mexico back in October, one of the highlights, if not the highlight of 2017, was the field research I did back in February. I conducted the research locally. I didn’t have to go anywhere outside of the country which is kind of a shame but I made up for that with Mexico.
Out of the field research I did in February, I found myself a wonderful technical advisor and a really cool individual. Well, I think he’s cool. I will only refer to him as an acquaintance right now because we haven’t seen each other since February, but that’s about to change. I need his experience and knowledge again because of what my writing project needs at this stage of the first draft. I’m looking forward to seeing him again in the next few weeks. He’s always willing to answer my questions and amuse himself when I share my mildly hair-brained ideas with him. And we will meet up again later this year to review certain aspects of my project. Only then, will I refer to him as a friend afterwards.
Sometimes, it can be a bit presumptuous to refer to someone as a friend with whom you’ve only spent a short amount of time. I asked for his help in the context of my writing. I wasn’t approaching him with the idea of becoming friends somewhere down the road. First and foremost, I was doing research. Without a doubt, finding him was one of the best things I have done for the story I want to tell. What he brings to the storytelling table are small details and those are immeasurable. It’s a bonus that we get along very well and we have similar sensibilities. So, yeah, this is a friendship in the making.
My trip to Mazatlán back in October yielded a lot interesting information and memorable experiences, especially when I went outside of the city to visit the rural areas, Durango state and the Sierra Madre Occidental. It is beautiful country in that part of Mexico. Yes, the more tropical locations, such as Mazatlán and other coastal towns/cities, certainly have their visual charms but I have an affinity, a preference for places like the city of Durango, Mexico City, Guadalajara and the Sierra Madre.
Other tidbits from 2017? Well, I made some new friends. Pretty interesting friends. We’ll let that percolate.
Honestly, my top 2017 highlights are things that relate to or inspire my creative process. Everything else is just the mundane but necessary snippets of life.
Creatively, 2017 has been pretty cool. I might be understating that. Some people might consider it awesome with regards to some of the things I’ve done or am reaching for. But I reserve the right to say it’s been pretty cool. And I have every intention of having it continue in 2018.
I have no need for New Year’s resolutions. I will just have another list of small goals that will add up to something amazing in the long run. I don’t do sprints. I do marathons. I’m in it for the long haul because anything worth creating, anything worth having and anything worth experiencing is worth doing and worth doing right.