New Year’s resolutions are about as believable as a World Wrestling Entertainment match (no offense to the believers but this non-believer just can’t handle more than one scene of that male melodrama). Every New Year we say we’re going to “do this” or “do that” and initially we have every intent to actually meet those goals, but by the time the 31st day of January rolls around, our lofty goals have already become a thing of the past. At least, that’s often what happens in my case.
The more popular goals established at the beginning of a new year are very familiar to the populous. There is the desire to quit smoking or drinking, spending more time with family and friends or maybe it’s getting rid of friends who are really more like enemies. Perhaps it is learning something new such as a new language, making a cake or getting that elusive undergraduate or graduate degree. For some it might just be about getting more organized. But by far the most popular goal each year is the promise to lose weight, which includes the smaller more manageable pieces of that overall goal of working out more and eating right.
Sadly, I love food too much to eat right and I hardly have enough time to work out when there are college football and NBA games to watch on television. So rather than waste my time acting like I’m going to try to lose weight, I’ve decided to use my time wisely by doing the one thing that I have much more control over than any other aspect of my life: Writing.
After many years as a freelance writer, the last three years in which I have taken a sabbatical to devote more time to more charitable and familial pursuits, I’ve made a decision to get back into writing; a comeback of sorts. Though the world may be more familiar with my athletic and music pieces, this time around I’m adding more to my repertoire from current events, political views, the arts and more. I’ll still include a few articles here and there from the athletic realm but I’d like to push myself as a writer and provide readers with a well-rounded effort.
Of course, my pieces will continue to include the human touch that is often missing from editorial pieces nowadays and it will always include an injection of the Pacific Islander flair that is born of my heritage. Just as in every other facet of my life, I can never separate my Pacific Island heritage from writing. It is like asking a horse to stop eating oats and barley and concentrate more on eating chicken and beef.
I welcome your thoughts, opinions and potential topics for future pieces. Feel free to contact me directly via email or post your comments directly on this blog. Happy new year and let’s make the most of 2011.