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Rev ’em Up / Run ’em Over – Bring on 2015

December 31, 2014

“Don’t Stop Me Live (Live in London, 1979)” – Queen

It’s been a New Year’s Eve tradition to sit down and write one more time before celebrating the end of a year and the beginning of another one. A few weeks ago, I wrote about how this time of the year is draining, and it’s easy to feel that weighing down at the end of the year. 2014 was no exception, and there are plenty of things that I’m ready to cast away to history.

That said, the best parts of the year were steps forward. Re-reading last year’s post, I’m not sure I did as many new things in 2014 as I did in 2013. However, I feel like I did many of them better this year. Specifically, I’m doing a better job of taking care of myself. I’ve gotten in much better shape and I’ve set myself up on a reasonable budget. I’m continuing to grow professionally. I’m sleeping better than I have in years. At the end of last year’s post, I wrote that my only resolution was to leave 2014 better than how I entered it, and I have in ways I probably didn’t think I was capable of doing at the beginning of the year.

I also realize now more than ever how lucky I am. I have a stable job doing something I love doing (even if it’s often draining). I have friends near and far who love and support me. I have a partner I love deeply and admire wholly. I like where I live and that I can walk around. I want to do a better job of being aware and appreciative of these things and to reciprocate them better. Now that I’m taking better care of myself, I want to take better care of others who are supportive of me.

Near the end of last night’s episode of The Best Show with Tom Scharpling, itself three weeks into an incredible rebirth after a year’s hiatus, Tom declared that “we rev ’em up in 2014 and we run ’em over in 2015.” It’s struck a chord with me all day; I can be proud of what I’ve done in 2014, but none of it is the end or the final product. Instead, it has to be the set up for what’s next. I’m not entirely sure what that entails. Some of it means sticking with the positive changes I made this year, and some of it is more subtle, and some of it isn’t anywhere on my radar. Instead, it’s a commitment to an attitude to go full steam ahead. I want to burn brighter, charge harder, and be better.

After I finish writing this, I’m going to take a shower, go to dinner with Jenny, and go see a couple terrific bands (Mean Creek, whose Local Losers LP will be one of my favorite bits of 2014 going forward, and the Dismemberment Plan, appropriate given the video linked in these posts the last two years). Whatever you’re doing tonight, I hope you have fun and are safe. If I haven’t seen you much this year (or at all), I hope I get to see you more often in 2015.

If 2014 was about me getting revved up, I am ready to go run ’em over in 2015. Don’t stop me now.

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