Here it is 2016. I don't make resolutions, the word just sounds too, well, resolute, to unyielding, and I have a bad habit of breaking them. Instead, I have a list of projects and goals to start and some to finish. Things work out better and I can put a date on those things that get done and know in the future I accomplished something that year.
Do you remember sitting in an elementary classroom waiting for the dragging minutes to pass? Time moved so slowly. For every year you live, time seems to move faster. Once you get a job and start raising a family, time flies by. While I know I was conscious every day in 2015, many of the details have already become obscured, the same for past years, too. Memory isn't often a lucid thing. I have spent some time over the past few months transferring my falling-apart erratic paper journals to digital format. I didn’t write in these diaries every day, sometimes not every month or even year, but it has been interesting reading about things I had forgotten happened. This is why I encourage everyone to keep a journal of personal thoughts on the important events in their life, the trips, vacations, important family happenings and gatherings, and achievements. Do so as you think about it and forget an everyday regiment, it's too great a hassle. That way you can go back and visit the moment. As long as we have electricity, that is. Digital materials also melt way. If you truly want to keep a copy for posterity, print digital materials off on good cotton content paper. Now I need to go follow my own advice.