2023 Reflections and 2024 Resolutions

Here we are at the end of another year. As is increasingly the case for me, this time of year I find myself reflecting on the past twelve months and setting large somewhat ambiguous goals for the upcoming twelve months. Last year’s post on this matter was titled Finding Focus.

This year I opted to go for a more functional title. I still managed to sneak in a bit of alliteration. Reflections and Resolutions has a nice ring to it. Let’s get into it.

2023 Reflections

The overarching theme of what I wanted to improve in 2023 was focus and to zoom out a bit, time management. I wanted to spread out my time across various kinds of media more. I wanted to spend more time focused on improving my health, both physical and mental. I wanted to have something resembling a love life. I wanted to write more. I wanted to use social media less.

2023 was a huge success on the front of improving my mental health. I went on a vacation by myself for the first time! I visited Orlando in late September during my 30th birthday week. I spent time just chilling, reading books, watching TV, visiting a museum, eating some nice food. I drank champagne for the first time on my birthday! I met my best friend in person for the first time! It was a blast!

Additionally, I became a member of the Queer Computer Club, a local computer club and hackerspace here in Toronto. I am super happy to be a member and I’m glad that third spaces like these are a thing.

The media consumption goal was also a success though not a huge one. I’d have liked to read some more books and watched some more movies. I did manage to do a lot of reading of online articles, and brought back my reading list posts.

My creative pursuits were also successful, I recorded and released the first season of The Art of Sysadmin podcast. I wrote more, here is a few pieces I like – These Memories of Ours, Palestine, Antisemitism, and the Fediverse, and Review: Baldur’s Gate 3.

Some other aspects weren’t a success, physical fitness is still a goal that has had no progress made on it. Dating is still a barren wasteland despite my efforts. The physical fitness goal is completely on me, just hard to get myself motivated to get into it. Dating on the other end is dependent on a variety of external factors that I can’t control so I’m not beating myself up over the failures there.

Social media usage while dropping for a bit, is back up to the levels they were when I wrote my 2022 post. To be quite honest, I think its because social media forms such an important part of my overall day to day social life that reducing it even further would actually start to have detrimental effects on my mental health. So I’m not unhappy that that particular goal wasn’t reached.

Overall, I’d say it was a good year for me. I am glad to have started the third decade of my life on good footing.

2024 Resolutions

In 2024 I want to continue to do the things I’ve been doing that have been successful. I want to continue writing regularly. I want to get out there more, meet more new people. I want to record another season of The Art of Sysadmin. I watch/read/listen to more new media.

I have set up a challenge to help me with some of those goals, namely media which is synergistic with my desire to write more. In Consolidations and Weekly Digests I mentioned that I’m going all in on this blog which is another part of the equation to motivate my brain to write more.

I will be going to Furnal Equinox 2024 in March and I hope to meet some new people and make some new friends in the process. I am super excited about that, it will be my first time going to a furry convention!

I will continue to make efforts to have some semblance of a love life. I’ll do my best and let the chips falls as they may.

On the front of physical fitness, I am setting a very simple goal for myself, a 30 minute walk every day with rest days included for days when I’m tired due to lack of good sleep. This goal is as my friend Jack says “SMART”: specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, timely.

That’s all I can think of right now. I’m sure I’ll dynamically add goals as the year progresses as the overarching goal is not to make rigid plans but to give the ship of my life a bit of direction.

Happy New Year y’all, I hope it is a good one for you!

P. S – I am dedicating this blog post to Matt. Happy Birthday!