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Monday, 4 January 2016

Question of the Month: New Year's Resolutions


This is a monthly bloghop where we answer a question set by a mysterious stranger. I don't know who the stranger is or what he wants from us, but we answer the questions with no further questions ask. We don't want to make him angry. This month's question - I assume in honour of the new year - is:

What are some new year's resolutions you've had in the past?

I don't usually do new year's revolutions per se. I believe if you're going to make an attempt to start a new project/improve your life/be a better person, you may as well start straight away. Don't wait until the end of the year to take action.

One Spring, I was so excited by the warming climate and the reappearing sun, I decided I would go out and do something every single day. Ninety-one days straight of going to friends' houses, going to the movies, visiting relatives... something. The fact that I didn't have my own car at the time (or possibly not even my license) made it harder, but I managed to find a way to get it done. One thing that happened was that I discovered pub poker for the first time. Every Monday and Wednesday, I'd ride my bike down to the Glynde Hotel where they'd have a freeroll game and on Fridays I'd do the same at the Payneham Tavern. The games would be free to enter and you weren't betting with real money, but if you bought drinks and meals at the bar, you'd get more chips to play with which would increase your chance of winning the real cash prizes up for grabs. Both venues were quite close to my house, which meant that riding my bike there wasn't a problem. The first time I actually won a tournament, I ended up coming home with $200 - a lot of money for a teenager working at KFC.
I did this and many other things for 75 days, surprising myself and my parents. They kept trying to convince me to include work as my thing for that day, but I saw that as a huge cop-out. So as well as work and school, I managed to juggle a heavy social commitment. But on the 76th day, I was sitting on my couch watching TV at 8:30pm, when suddenly I sprang up and yelled "Oh crap!"
I'd just plum forgotten to organise something. Completely slipped my mind. What a sad end to the streak. But like I said, I was happy with what I'd achieved, so I moved on.


In March this year, I was working at a show that featured popular children's characters The Octonauts. I got to see the show for free and I wanted to show my friends on Facebook that I was working for them. Then I realised that I lately, I'd been doing a lot of things that friends would find cool. That gave rise to a new resolution that I called "Daily Michael", Every day since March 20, I've uploaded one photo to Facebook that has me in it. Most of my friends love it, some hate it. I enjoy it, and that's all I care about.






And of course, in 2014, I began what may be the only proper new year's resolution I've had - the New Experience Challenge. Every week starting on the first of January, I tried a new experience that I hadn't had before. I took salsa classes, started football umpiring, went on a tour of a dolphin sanctuary, hosted a show called Bogan Bingo, stage-managed a major production at the Fringe Festival, hosted my own show at that same festival and I capped it off with the amazing experience of skydiving. If you want to look up some of the awesome stories from that year, I blogged about it each week. Just go to the 2014 section of "The Attic" on the right-hand side of this page. They're not all pearlers, but there are some great stories there.


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38 comments:

  1. I don't think I have ever made a New Year's resolution. If I am going to change something, now is the time. Or never.

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  2. Your resolutions have forced you to grow and stretch as a person, which is cool.

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    1. Some of them have. Others have just been self-indulgent ;)

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  3. No wonder I think you live such an exciting life. You just go do things and try all sorts of new activities. Sometimes I get tired just reading about your adventures.

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    1. Hahaha I've always wanted that effect ;) I'm a lot more careful with experiments these days because I don't feel like i have the time or money to spare anymore. I guess I've grown up :P

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  4. Getting out that many days in a row sure forces new experiences indeed. Good goals to have.

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    1. I definitely made some new friends playing poker so much.

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  5. That would be hard to go out when you don't have a car. I'm glad it worked out!

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  6. What great resolutions: to get out of the house and do something new. I'm really impressed with the sky diving. I don't consider myself afraid of heights, but I do get vertigo just climbing a ladder.

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    1. It was interesting seeing how people responded to that - some people claimed they wanted to do it too and others assured me they had no interest in it at all.

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  7. You sound like one busy guy who's doing some very cool stuff. In my younger days I used to go out to do something every day as well, but I was living with my parents then and was more than happy to get out. These days you'd think I was trying to resolve to stay home every day. It would be pretty easy if I didn't have to go out to buy groceries and stuff like that. Though now with the internet I could probably do most of those things on line and never leave my home.

    Have an exciting and eventful 2016!

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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    1. Yeah home delivery is a blessing and a curse :P

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  8. Wow, I don't even think I've gone out 75 days in my entire life, much less the same year, much less consecutively. You had such an awesome year last year. We're both really excited to see what 2016 brings you.

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    1. Thanks guys, I'm hoping it turns up something great too :)

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  9. Those are all ambitious, and fun, things, Michael. I enjoyed answering this question!

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    1. Ambitious is right, I usually have to fight against people who say they're stupid or farfetched :P

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  10. You are such a cutie pie. I love your stories about the things you do. I live vicariously through you. I don't think my son plays poker, but he does ride a bike--sometimes as much as a hundred miles in a day. The two of you could be great biking pals. Do me a favor please and change the title of my blog in your list to Janie Junebug Righting & Editing. I replaced WOMEN: WE SHALL OVERCOME.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. Oh, my goodness! I noticed that I finally made it into the quotations at the top of the page. And you would use something from my filthy mouth. I tried to friend you on Facebook but couldn't find you. Do you use a different name?

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    2. I don't really ride much at all. If I could teach him to play poker we could do that against each other online ;)

      Nope, it's the same on Facebook as it is on here :P

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  11. This was a really great post! I envy that you can just set your mind to doing something and do it. Seriously, I can't even keep up with posting in my blog on a once weekly basis let alone try something completely new every week, though that sounds amazing. I'm not much for new years resolutions (mostly because I feel same as you - why wait? Start whatever it is as soon as possible before the desire is lost. But I'm thinking about it and will get it posted before the end of the day, haha

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    1. Thanks, but I seem to have lost that ability lately. I wanted to start another New Experience Challenge for this year, but I figured I'd have to spend a lot of money and put a lot more planning into it. Plus I've got other things I want to accomplish this year and I didn't want it to take time away from those things :P

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  12. I love the idea of being open to new experiences. I'm not sure if I can keep up to once a week, like you, but I am all set to say yes to new experiences as they come up and I will seek them out.

    91 days straight...what vitamins do you take?

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  13. Happy New Year, Michael. It's always nice to see your handsome face.

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    1. Aw shucks Robyn. Always enjoy having you around :)

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  14. I like to take life as it greets me, meaning I don't make a lot of plans, I don't do resolutions mostly because I suck at them although to be honest I can't remember the last time I made any resolutions it was that long ago.

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    1. That's often my plan of action too - make decisions as they need to be made and take opportunities as they come along.

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  15. I have not made any resolutions in years but I like your idea of doing something different each month either big or small. You did something I never would-skydive. If I did that,someone below would get my lunch on top of them....not a good idea:)

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    1. The friend that I did it with threw up once he got to ground. It was hilarious.

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  16. Fantastic accomplishments Michael!! Wow, that's just fantastic. I remember my older brother telling me when I was 15, that I needed to experience life and travel before I settled down. I did just that and never had any regrets when I got married and had a family. Go you! Hope 2016 gives you many more opportunities to do new and exciting things!

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    1. There's always something new for me, which I love.

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  17. Sounds like you have been living a very full life! That's awesome.

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  18. Going out and doing something ever say? That goes against my vampire nature. LOL You sure live life to the fullest. :)

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  19. The New Experience Challenge sounds interesting, but mine would probably be a bit more toned down, like bake cake, read a new author, or drive a different route to the city :)

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    1. I did promise myself that it didn't have to be something huge each week. The first week I just tried a new app and a ridiculously hot chili.

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