New Year’s Resolutions 2003


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Last updated on January 27th, 2024 at 09:53 am

As I step into 2003, I keep thinking about how much I want it to be a year of change, and what I need to do to get there. Having survived my first semester of university, I’ve stepped into a much different world than the one I knew before, and I’ll need new skills and abilities to navigate it. As such, I’ve come up with some New Year’s Resolutions to go along with it.

My 2003 New Year’s Resolutions

1) Get back in shape.

Alright, now I’m not exactly fat, but throughout high school, I was in much better shape than I am now, and didn’t wake up feeling like a sack of [expletive deleted]. I’m going to start with indoor training in my room and with the weights in the basement, and go to the park starting in the spring to get back to my endurance run training.

2) Get back in tune with the skills I already have.

I’ve been neglecting the gifts I was born with, and that’s a waste within itself. This year, I want to embrace things such as writing, painting, singing, and the things I’ve let deteriorate over time.

3) Acquire new skills.

Yup. Despite my mother’s best efforts to keep my knowledge down so that I can never ever move out, I’m going to have to teach myself some skills. Like sewing. I can use a needle and thread, but the machine is another matter entirely. I will be mending my clothes by 2004, dammit.

4) Clean up my room.

I believe that part of the reason why I feel so junky is because I live in a mess. Well, it’s not exactly a mess. It’s one big to-do list. I have articles to read, comics to create, that sort of thing. By 2004, I want to have gotten most of that stuff out of the way.

5) “What you say, what you say, UH. (Get money!)”

I admit this one might be a bit tougher. Money is something that one does not easily come across in the world today. Sure, I grew up in a middle-class family, but as I grew up, and my father worked his insanely long hours to support the family, I began to find out that I don’t want to live as he does. All he does is work. He works long hours managing his restaurant, and long hours doing all the handyman work around the house. I’m going to start up my own thing. There is money out there. Yes, legal money. All you have to know is where to look.

That said, I’m looking to start up a business in 2003 and also figure a way to manage my finances more effectively. I’ve always thought I’d be the type of person to end up in Esquire or Fortune, with some new innovative way of looking at things. We’ll see if that will become a reality!

6) Get a CAR.

The only reason why I’m not out with my friends more often is that I’m tired of mooching rides off of all of them. I’m going to go to a New Year’s Eve party with some of them, but after that, I intend to devote mad time to get my own ride. Well, maybe I’ll split with my middle brother—what happens, happens.

7) Take Some Time Away from AOL Instant Messenger and ICQ.

Anyone who’s used to talking to me on Instant Messenger or anything of the sort, won’t be seeing me around for a while. I’ve decided to just stay away from all of that for a few reasons:

  • They take up so much of my time
  • I need to be alone for a long, long time.
  • I’m starting to bark at people who I have no reason to bark at

I won’t uninstall them, because my brothers still use them, but yeah—until I deem myself better, I’ll prefer to stay off of them.

8) Be Happier.

I’ve definitely adopted a hyper-pessimistic view of the world. This needs to change. Sometimes I’m so grave and sullen it even scares me. I remember the days wayyyy back when, when I used to be happy all of the time, and I really want to try and recapture that feeling. So I’m going to try and smile more every day, think more positively, and forgive myself for my mistakes more. I know I can be better than I currently am.

9) Stop being afraid of girls.

Yes, the boy who can get along with virtually anyone is timid on the inside. The concepts of relationships and sex scare me, which is possibly why I haven’t had a physical girlfriend since like, the eighth grade. I don’t know; there are so many consequences and different levels of responsibility that come with it. I always say that I’m not ready for that kinda stuff, but do I really know that? Maybe I’ve just been alone for so long that I’ve gotten used to it?

10) Eat and sleep more!

Among other basic things I need to track, I need to eat and sleep more. Too often, I let these habits slip for some idiotic reason. 2003, I need to start managing my time better and cooking my own food. My mom has become way too busy for me to rely on her for everything, so I gotta start making some changes.

Hopefully, with these changes in mind, I can start to rebuild myself, and become content with being Casey Palmer once more. Wish me luck.

Peace y’all,

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