2016: Resolving to be a Less-Bad Person

A long time ago, I came to some realizations about myself that lead me to resolve to become a better person. I needed to do some basic human things: care about others, take care of my body, be less of a huge jerk, etc. Because of this, I haven’t really worried about New Year’s resolutions too much. Just being a better version of myself was good enough, I thought.

But these days, I’ve decided to go back to making resolutions. Life changes, and with it comes new expectations. I’m going to turn 30 in about two weeks and it means I’m going to need to hit refresh on my goals. So here’s a list of what’s going to need to change in 2016:

Write More

I know, you’re probably thinking “Hey dumbass, you already write for like 14 websites. Maybe write less?” But part of a life-goal I’ve set is to become a full-time writer, which is just barely out of reach at this very moment. So whether it be writing about baseball, basketball, football, movies, nerdy stuff, or crap like this, I want to put more words on computer screens in 2016.

If you follow me on Twitter (how would you be reading this if you don’t, really?) you already know I’m #theworst, and the only way to get better is to write more and get better at it. Then, maybe 2016 will be the year I become #bigtime…or even #mediumtime.

Lose 30 lbs

This is on everyone’s list, right? The fact is, I resolved to lose weight after gradually gaining way too much back at the beginning of 2014. I did well, losing around 40 lbs. But the problem is that, since then, I’ve gained back about 15-20 lbs. See this crudely painted line graph:

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If I lose 30 lbs, I’ll weigh the least I have since about 18 or 19 years old. Losing one pound for every year of my life is a massive goal, and will be really hard to do. But a few things can help: giving up soda, fast food, and candy while making a stronger effort to exercise. Just seeing the fact that I still have so many unhealthy habits to give up makes me realize how lucky I am not to weigh 500 lbs.

Enjoy the Little Things

The Cubs 2015 season, for example, was a fantastic memory from the last year that I won’t soon forget. It was probably the best baseball season I’ve ever had. But a part of me wonders if I enjoyed it as much as I should have, instead being wrapped up in game recaps, breaking down stats, and trying desperately to explain to the masses that missing the playoffs or losing the Wild Card game would still qualify as a successful season.

I want to enjoy the hell out of the little things in life. A perfectly cooked steak requires being enjoyed. Watching a movie with my daughter, a day with perfect weather for playing at the park, a leisurely walk with the dog, and lazy days where I don’t do anything at all need to be enjoyed for what they are: amazing life moments.

Be a Better Dad

Any of you fellow writers will probably understand this feeling. Writing, as well as games you need to watch and write about, sucks up a ton of your time. When you are a part-time writer, like me, that means you work a regular job during the daytime. Time I could be spending with my four-year-old little girl is often spent sitting in front of a computer, browsing FanGraphs, creating spreadsheets, and making GIFs.

Making sure I get quality time with the little girl each night is necessary, even if I plan to write more too. This is a core principle for my plan to be a less-bad person.

What did I miss? Any suggestions for me in 2016? Feel free to comment or tweet at me about it.

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