John Holton (john_holton) wrote,
John Holton

Looking Forward, Looking Back

The best thing to be said about 2007, for me, is that it's almost over. This was a really crappy year, although there were bright spots. I learned who my friends are (that would be youse guys), how much Mary loves me, and how great my parish is. I found some authors that I like (Robert Crais, Lee Child, Tess Gerritsen, JA Konrath, Lisas Gardner and Scottoline, Karin Slaughter) and read a lot of great books (about the only thing that kept me sane while I was in the hospital--well, that and my iPod). I met a lot of people who took fantastic care of me and helped me on the road to recovery, none of whom ever want to see me in the hospital again, something that I will do my best to oblige them in. I was the beneficiary of some incredibly generous people who contributed to Kennestone Hospital, and am determined to return the favor. I was welcomed back to work with open arms and still have a job. And, I'm ending the year with as many cats as I started it with. So, as crappy as it was, I guess it was better than it could have been.

So, here are my goals for 2008:

  • Get finished getting over the stroke. I intend on getting back the use of my right hand, getting back to driving and generally becoming more independent and able to help out more at home.
  • Start writing again. I've taken a fairly long hiatus from it, and I miss it.
  • Start playing guitar again. Same as above.
  • Take better care of myself. Not just physically, but emotionally and mentally. My BP is under control with medication, but I'm still prone to letting stress build, and that will kill me. I intend to walk more and get the hell out of my office more often. I still need to improve my diet.
  • Refuse to become the forgotten man at work. As nice as it is to not have my boss in my face all day, the opposite is just as disconcerting. I tend to sit around and get pissed off when I ask for help and don't get it. Screw that noise; if they don't help me, they're going to hear about it. If it gets to where I have to show up and start kicking ass and taking names, I will, and if that doesn't fix it, there are other places to work.
  • Learn new stuff. I woke up this morning and started to think that I'm closer to the end of my life than the beginning and that there are a million things I want to learn before they set what's left of me on fire and stick me in the ground at St. Casimir's. I can sit around and rue the fact that I never learned them or I can start now and pick up what I can. The latter sounds better than the former.

That should keep me busy.

Oh, one more: Put titles on my LJ entries.
Tags: goals, year_in_review
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