What will happen in 2018? I know I can’t be the only person to ask this question as we enter another new year (yeesh, as I get older, I lose the enthralling alacrity of what that means). Obviously, my hope and prayers are that we suffer no losses, come ahead in our bank account statements, come out even or ahead in taxes, etc. On a grander level, I’d sure love to see some social media climate change. The vitriol every day definitely got old and I fear for the sanity of anyone who took delight in seeing the onslaught of drama and pettiness exhibited through social media streams every day. Maybe it’s just wishful thinking and I should aim lower. How about Deadpool 2 being better than the first? Oh, and I’d love it if Avengers: Infinity War doesn’t take a nap. I’ll set my expectations low.
Personally, I’d like to be kinder and gain some patience. Come April, our baby boy will teach me a lot about myself. I told my wife the other day that I want to make sure we not only prepare ourselves for his arrival and addition to our lives but also make sure we get rest, find time to relax and read (very important for new parents, I think), and be intentional about having time together. I have this sense that as new parents, we will need to make necessary adjustments (an obvious statement) but also make sure we don’t burn out and let our emotions beat us down or each other for that matter. And don’t tell me, “Oh just you wait, you’ll be crap-deep in diapers, crying, and baby puke” as if that’s all it is. I kind of refuse to settle for that kind of attitude. Our baby will not be a burden but a joy! (If I’m wrong, you can take it to the bank that I won’t come back here and admit it to all of you.)
We went through a lot of changes and shifts in 2017 (still talking about myself and my wife. No political commentary here). Job changes, pregnancy, financial decisions, etc. I think we needed to make those choices last year in preparation for this year, which I foresee to be more stable. There will be surprises (some good and some bad) and we will have to be ready and act as everyone must in order to keep the unexpected from keeping you on the ground. What I want, though, is to learn and grow in each moment.
To gain wisdom is what I want most in 2018. As a husband, father, brother, son, professional, writer, musician, and however else I might describe myself, I want to come away, and exhale accomplishment. Maybe I’ll do that by the end of 2018 here on the blog. In fact, here we go, on 27 December 2018, my blog post will be a look back on the year, but also an inspection of this first post of the year. We’ll see if I accomplished what I wanted to succeed in. Wisdom is what I’ll be chasing in 2018.
Call to Action: What would you like to see in 2018? Doesn’t have to be a personal goal but let me know what you’d like to see or experience.