Recently, you may have noticed that there aren’t any podcasts coming out at the moment. I apologize for the inconvenience. Tyler has had a family emergency that warrants some time away. I have also been working on a new show with Joseph and working on other projects. So, expect new shows in the future.
Although the circumstances are excusable on why there has been a podcast absence, the past month has left me very introspective about my work. Then, with the recent release of a new Cortex episode, I have realized that having a yearly theme may be very useful in accomplishing what I want to do. Now, Grey said this quote during the most recent episode,
“The work isn’t the work; the system is the work.”
The episode, and this quote specifically, inspired me to create my own yearly theme/system. Now, I’ve been thinking about what kind of theme I want, which will help with macro planning. This episode was all about how Myke is looking for a “year of adult[ing]” and Grey looking for a “year of order”. These themes are good, but they aren’t 100% what I’m going for. Also, with senior year approaching very rapidly, there is a necessity to grow up. So, stealing from Myke’s theme may not be the best idea since it’s already forcibly happening.
So, my initial thought was to see where I need to improve the most. Below is a list of things I don’t do well. I believe that these will help shape my year. It’s quite personal, but I feel like this list is very similar to many teenagers today.
I don’t eat
I don’t spend enough time with my parents
I don’t keep track of my money well
I’m very egotistical when communicating with my peers
I block out and intimidate those who want to ask for help
I’m very cynical
I get frustrated, angry, and upset easily when it comes to certain subjects
I wear the same basic outfit every day
I don’t spend enough time with my friends
I don’t read enough
I don’t spend enough time with my girlfriend
I don’t communicate well enough to my mentors and teachers
I write too informally
I believe everything is a competition
I get frustrated with myself too easily
I don’t sleep enough
I don’t exercise enough
I’m very bombastic when I enter a room
I care about things that are very minuscule and really should be left alone
I don’t spend enough time with my sister
I don’t encourage my sister and tell her how much I love her and how much I’m proud of her enough
I need to be more aware of when people need me to be serious and when I can/can not be in a jokey and non-serious mood
I need to build up others instead of tearing them down
I need to be more responsible for little things at home (closing cabinets, cleaning up plates, etc.)
All of these things are a lifestyle change I NEED to make. So, obviously, I want to encourage a positive lifestyle within my life especially when it comes to my communication and interaction with others. When it comes to working, I perform well myself but, my interactions with others are flawed and that needs to change. All of these things would work in a sort of “Year of Order” like Grey’s new year’s theme. But, it’s not 100% there. But, if I change it to “Year of Structure”. There, we got it!
So, the “Year of Structure” is very simple in concept but has a lot of room to grow and become something really great. Here are some basic outlines on things I want to do/complete this year.
I want to spend more time with my friends, family, and girlfriend. This means that I can’t just sit around and do nothing. I want to be much more active in their lives so, I’m going to get school/work done ASAP so I have the most time to spend with them.
I want to become more likable. Honestly, I don’t know how to accomplish this but, asking my girlfriend and friends will help with that.
A BIG problem that affects me every day is the fact I don’t eat. I want to push myself to eat more so that I may gain weight and have more energy for the day.
I hope this year’s theme will be a big step forward in the right direction. I’ll be sure to keep you updated as the year goes on.