New Year’s Resolution


2012 was brutal. The confluence of raising two teenage daughters, Alex battling a severe medical condition, the fallout of not riding anywhere nearly enough and the continual financial struggles have taken it’s toll. The beginning of this New Year I made a resolution, one that I shared with Alex and the children.

“To care more about those people that truly matter, and to care less about what others think.”

It’s a simple resolution in principle, but difficult to achieve. My inspiration comes from these six quotes:

The secret to a successful life is hardly a secret; it requires you to be self-centered as all fuck, is all. So long as it’s not at the expense of others, make yourself the center of your universe. You only get to do this ONCE, so try to take as much stress out of the process as you can.
– Unknown –

You don’t get to tell me what to do ever again.
– Lester Burnham (American Beauty) –

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.
– Steve Jobs –

He who makes a beast out of himself gets rid of the pain of being a man.
– Hunter S. Thompson –

Before you diagnose yourself with depression or low self esteem, first make sure that you are not, in fact, just surrounding yourself with assholes.
– William Gibson –

You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.
– Winston Churchill –

Is this selfish of me to think this way? I don’t think so. If I’m going to make the most of what time I have left that means I’m going to step on some people’s toes along the way. I’m looking out for #1. So be it.