New Year's Resolutions


 I scoured the blog fully expecting to find New Year's resolutions for 2016, but came up empty. That must explain why it was such an aimless 12 months.

I won't make that mistake again.

Here are my resolutions for 2017:

  • To write more and better;
  • To lose 5kg;
  • To be a better uncle, brother, and son; 
  • To get to the bottom of, and explore possible solutions to, the seemingly terminal fragility of centrist politics;
  • To finally get to Latin America, maybe India, too;
  • To go on a date for the first time in five years;
  • Not to bore said date senseless with the kind of solipsistic diatribe that come with long periods of excessive solitude;
  • To try and stick around NZ for more than ten minutes;
  • To accept periods of depression as part of the fabric of my life, without letting them overwhelm me;
  • To draft a TV mini-series treatment based on the life story of Charles Quin, our fascinating first NZ ancestor;
  • To handle rejection of TV mini-series idea calmly and without allowing it to reinforce a deeply ingrained sense of worthlessness;
  • To see Hamilton: The Musical again — and again.
  • To remain sober, and find a way to volunteer to help recovering addicts.