Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Resolving to Wake Up

When it comes to New Year's resolutions, I usually keep it simple.

Try more new things.

Floss more often.

Avoid plotting the downfall and misery of others who have achieved far greater, yet undeserved, success.

But I've been kind of stumped for 2009.

Prevent myself from becoming a fashion intervention victim on "What Not to Wear"? (Luckily, Stacey and Clinton don't seem to bother with guys much any more.)

Re-learn my signature so something beyond the first initial is legible? (I blame those scan and sign credit card readers at the checkout for this development over the years.)

Master "Louie, Louie" on as many instruments as possible? (That'll teach you for never giving me proper music lessons, Mom!)

I'm open to suggestions.

However, there is one thing I need to do.

I'm half way past 40 and a day hardly goes by that I don't wonder who I am and what I'm doing with myself. My life is good in many, many ways -- I can count at least four of them that live under this roof with me -- but admit to not thinking beyond the next morning, beer or paragraph most times.

No one's ever accused me of being a strategic thinker and I've been fine with that. I've always been one who prefers to do more than devise a master plan, a fact My Love can verify based on my attempts at home repair. But I think I've reached that point where, unless I unlock what I've got hiding inside somewhere and follow it, I'm just going to continue to be rather than live.

So, in 2009, someway, somehow, I need to uncover what's sleeping in my soul.

I just hope it's not a bear.

Or a pissed Gallagher brother.

Take me home, boys.

Video: "Acquiesce," Oasis


  1. I love the blog, the post and and the video. That song is destined for my iTunes.

    I've been searching for that thing sleeping in my soul too...

    Good luck!

  2. To be or not to be, that is the question, but I like your answer: to be rather than live.

    And to wake up (in my case, earlier).

    (I've been away for a little while from your blog, but I'm back --- also moved you in my blogroll. Come over to my site to see where you rank. :)

    unfinishedrambling [at] gmail [dot] com

  3. Resolutions drain me. Like you, I like to keep it simple--don't kill anyone in cold blood and drink more.

  4. Just do me a favor uncool...don't take the road I did, it is a bit to scary till you come out on the other side! Okay?

  5. Let's see, I want to actually SWEAT when I go to the gym; I don't want to email any people accidently telling them they are jerks; and I'd love to help my husband find a job.

    I think that just about sums it up.

    Oh, and I'd like to live through the year. That's kind of a biggie.

  6. I'm right there with ya...I am a basic kind of guy and have to (for sanity's sake) be gentile with my brain.
    Iam going to take it as it comes this year and stop trying to fight that that I don'tlike.

  7. I resolve to stop buying albums off iTunes on the basis of one strong hit single. Gallagher boys, I'm lookin' at you. You clearly gave that one hit your all. The rest of the songs? Not so much.

    Happy New Year. Here's to... just being.

  8. you are one of the most interesting and funny bloggers ive found.
    theres no way you dont have secret hidden 'thingys' in you.
    i cant wait to see whats gonna pop out.

  9. One of my resolutions for '09 is to get a sea of people to jump up and down to a song for me at Wembley. Alas, much like consistent flossing, I see this dream dying by January 8th.

    You're my wonderwall, mister. Happy New Year!

  10. Searching is half the fun. You can make lots of mistakes and do lots of bad things and blame it on a New Year's Resolution and people say, "Oh, well how great of you to try to keep your resolutions!"

    Happy New Year, Kevin!

  11. Happy New Year...

    I like to think of NY resolutions like I think of Lent. Give up something instead of resolve to change something... and I am a Jew, so the whole Lent thing is easy for me. See where I am going with this?

  12. searching for that thing sleeping in my evidently you've hit on a nerve with a lot of people with those words. thanks for making me think on this new years eve.

  13. You'll find it. Or you'll find you've been living it all along, I hope.

  14. I've decided not resolute anything in 2009.

    My weight can stay were it is or not.
    I will not be a better person.
    I will not exercise more.
    I will not eat healthy.
    I will not wear bright colors at night if I'm on a bike.


  15. I agree with MM. Perhaps you're living it now. Perhaps "who you are" is fully realized.

    ~Spa junkie

  16. I hate New Year's resolutions. New Year's around me is always filled with people who vow never to drink again (at least until the next holiday) lose weight and quit whatever bad habit you have.

    I'll resolve to wake up:).

  17. I'm still in the "floss more" camp.

  18. Sounds like your waiting for an epiphany of sorts. I don't know if I could stand that much insight. I think I'll leave it to Karma...

  19. Nice post, and awesome video.

    I need to wake up a bit this year, too. More than a bit.

    Glad I found your blog (tho I can't remember how I got here.)

    Happy New Year!

    JD at I Do Things

  20. "open my window and yell..." funny. Love your blog. I'm gettin' that "oh crap I'm 40 and I still haven't written my bestseller!" feeling too. I'll be following to see if alkaseltzer makes it go away, or if you are onto something here...

    Happy New Year!

  21. As New Year Resolutions go ... I like your "Try more new things".
    That seems easy and fun.
    I think I can do it!
    I'm going to start with fly fishing. Now, what do you need for bait to fish for flies?

  22. As someone in your immediate age range, I can tell you that the two things I've uncovered in my own soul have been writing and yoga. I'm a hearty proponent of both...


    p.s. And WHY doesn't What Not to Wear do guys anymore?!

  23. Good luck figuring it out man, and happy new year to you and yours!

  24. The only resolution I made this year was to try and remember to put a bra on every now and then.

    And to lay off the tattoos.

    So I can't really help. But I'll totally cheer you on.

  25. dude. my signature would make me an awesome doctor.

    besides that, thinky Kevin: don't go changin.' do more of what your doing, maybe in other bigger ways too. drink beer, love your family, be funny, be.

  26. January is a deep dark time in the lives of thinky people...

  27. That "floss more often" one, I got to get that down.

  28. Your blog keeps getting better and better! Your older articles are not as good as newer ones you have a lot more creativity and originality now keep it up!


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