…but I must commit to them for it to work.
I usually don’t talk about my personal life publicly, mostly because I make excuses not to – whether it’s I think that somehow if I talk about my life, I’ll be identifiable, or I don’t think that someone would be interested. I also keep the fact that I basically teeter on the edge of a deep hole, one which I know how to climb out of. I know how to climb out of it and I start to climb, but then I decide that I’d rather be in there. The honest truth is that I hate being there. However, some part of me must like being there because I put myself back down there on an all-too regular basis.
Like I say, I know how to sort it out, I have the tools to do it. It’s all a matter of committing myself to using the tools. In fact, this blog is one of the tools. It’s a way for me to, provided that I actually do it, get my thoughts and feelings written down. It’s also a way for me to do some networking, and to start earning money, whether if it’s through this blog, or if it’s through finding a blogging job.
Another tool that I’ve witnessed the power of is that of setting goals. Last week, I set a goal to figure out how to get my license reinstated. As it turned out, I went above and beyond that and actually got my license. The next logical goal is to go ahead and prepare myself for the full test so that I don’t have to depend on my mom to take me places. However, and I’ve learned this, to just say that my goal is to get my license by such and such date won’t work if I don’t make a plan out to achieve it.
Since I’ve already taken (and passed; I still have the certificate here) my behind-the-wheel driver’s education class when I was in High School, I don’t need to have a full out lesson in the basics of driving, such as starting the car and shifting out of park. What I need is just to have some time to practice and sharpen my skills, building my confidence for the driving test when I take it.
My goal for my license is to have it by my birthday, September 11th. It’s less than two months away, but I know that I can do it if I set some basic goals along the way. The first goal (and I’ve already accomplished this) is to just get into the car and familiarize myself with two things – 1) being on the left side for the first time in 8 years and 2) making a comfortable seating arrangement. The next step along the way is to start it up and do some basic moves in a parking lot or somewhere not busy.
The next thing that I am changing is that I need to get out and walk more. It’s something that I like doing, but always find some lame excuse to not do it like the weather’s not great. Today is a great example of that; when I woke up, I looked outside to see nothing beyond about 100 feet. I did some work and was tired, so it was suggested to me that I should go out and walk. Instead of saying, yeah, I’ll do that, back later, the first thing I did was check the radar to see if it was raining nearby to use that as an excuse to not go out and walk. After about a half hour, I finally went out to walk, and it was very relaxing, even if it was a little bit sticky. It was cool out and there was no sun to deal with.
Another excuse I made was that I have limited choices of where to go. When I got to thinking about it however, I realized that I do have a choice of places to go to – whether it’s choices made within the park, choices made at the end of my driveway, even choices when I get to the park entrance. In short, there’s no reason for me to not walk every day. And I have a brilliant plan as to how to make myself accountable with the walking – post about it, and post a picture of something I saw while out walking. If I don’t post, then I probably didn’t walk.
The next change is one that I have started already, but need to keep myself accountable with is drinking more water. If you need a reason why to drink more water, check out 9 reasons why you should be drinking water.
Lastly, and this is one just purely for my own personal enjoyment, is a goal related to my racing game on the computer – set a time of 7:00 or less on the Nurburgring in a GTP car. I know that y’all don’t know what I’m talking about, but I’ll explain it soon, I promise. 🙂
And to close, here’s today’s picture from my walk. It’s a re-do of the New Path photo that I took in November. Like I said, it’s not sunny today, so this picture isn’t that easy to see, but it’s almost the same shot that I took back then.
The pedometer reported that I walked 4.20 km, but it has a tendency to double count steps from time to time, so it might be closer to 3.5 km.