Christmas Day is, in some ways, the last day of the old year. Yes, there is another week left of the year, but it is a fallow time in which we finish up the last bits of the dying year and begin to look at and plan for the coming year. Some say that there is no good reason for this divide, that one day is just the same as another. I don’t think that’s true. Our lives are marked out by meetings and partings, by ritual and expectation, and I think the new year is one of those marks by which we measure and in which we can find inspiration.
Over the last few days, I’ve found myself reflecting. The last year was on the whole successful for me. I lost 50 pounds, biked over 2000 miles, and began taking the first steps toward running right at the end of the year. I made a lot of delicious bread and other food, I spent quality time with family and friends, and I did some good fundraising for an excellent cause.
There were some parts of the year that weren’t as successful. There were people I love with whom I didn’t get spend nearly enough time. I spent way too much time on the computer and didn’t read nearly enough books. I let my yard and garden run to wild. I didn’t get a single quilt or piece of jewelry made. I barely practiced juggling, or spinning poi, both skills I want to learn/improve. I feel like I handled the basics but let a lot of time slip by me around the edges that could have been put to much more fruitful use.
So my biggest resolution for the coming year is to take back my life from the computer. It’s a wonderful tool, and I don’t intend to abandon social networking and all the support it’s given me. The reality, however, is that I haven’t even been using this tool very well. I’ve barely journaled at all, one of the things I seriously regret. I mostly sit refreshing Facebook and Spark People and not actually accomplishing much. There are too many evening hours spent just frittering away my time, time I could be making something creative and beautiful, or tending to my garden, or practicing, or reading a book.
I’ve known this was an issue for a while, and I’ve tried to change it without much success. This time I need to take it more seriously. I need to set a timer to limit my social networking, and when it goes off I need to get off the computer and on to something more productive. I’m going to have to experiment a bit with determining how much time I should spend online.
And then I have to get offline. My life doesn’t need to be lived electronically. I have better things to do with it.