Post-birthday haze, it's time to set out my resolutions for the upcoming year.
Get better at empathy
I have a theoretical understanding that other people are humans, with their own complex lives and decisions. I'm not always good at putting that into practice.
Groups of people and abstract personae, I feel like I have a good handle on. Individuals, less so.
But I want to get better at understanding people.
I know it's a cliché, but I have an exercise bike used as a clothes hanger. Our new house has space for a gym. So we've put in a bike and a weights bench. Time to actually use them. Regularly!
I've also discovered I'm low on vitamin D and iron. I've a prescription for D, and I'm licking iron shavings for the other.
I'm having a colonoscopy next week. FUN! All part of making sure this meatsack can keep my brain going.
Last year I read 50 books. So a modest increase. Probably means less time farting about online. Last year half of the authors I read were women. I'm going to increase that this year to around two-thirds.
Re-read some older books
I usually hate re-reading things. I gorged myself on Charlie and the Chocolate Factory so many times as a child, that it put me off re-exploring things I'd previously enjoyed.
But I want to have a go at some of the books I loved - and some I hated - to see if my tastes have evolved.
Be more social!
Part of our move to London was to enjoy a richer cultural life. I want to force myself to spend more time with friends, having new experiences, meeting new people, seeing shows and art and exhibitions.
It all sounds exhausting!
My beard is becoming a caricature of Holofernes.
While I doubt anyone is going to carve off my head, perhaps it is time I did something other than give it a cursory comb, or running over with an ancient set of clippers?
I'm planning on having a mid-life crisis next week. So I'm crowd-sourcing my options.
— Terence Eden (@edent) November 8, 2019
The wisdom of the crowd have spoken!
If you have a (polite) suggestion for how I can become a better me - please stick a comment in the box.