2014 was a razor sharp double edged sword. Green Mustard Entertainment took off in the midst of back to back tragedies in my personal life. It was insane, overwhelming, exhausting, and just a bit daunting. It’s over, though, and I survived – so there’s that, right?
As I plan to walk through my forty-first year on Earth, my initial thought is that I should be looking into a mid-life crisis at my age. The reality of THAT particular idea, though, is that it’s hard to have a mid-life crisis if you’ve never grown up in the first place. I’m pretty sure Peter Pan said that. Or Ryan Seacrest. I can’t be sure.
Overall, though, I still profess to have an amazing life. I spent New Year’s Eve with my lovely wife… and Billy Joel, Rufus Wainwright, and Brian Johnson from AC/DC. There’s a great review about it all here: http://www.orlandosentinel.com/entertainment/music/soundboard/os-billy-joel-concert-orlando-20141231-post.html
On the drive home after the concert, I reflected on the adventure that is my time on Earth and started thinking about what I could tweak to make it better. Sure, there’s the old stand-bys (“I need to lose weight” – true; “I need to eat better” – just as true; etc.) – but I decided to look into key specifics of things I need more of in my life.
Last year almost became the a full year without going to a concert of any kind. Shannon and I are avid enjoyers of live entertainment, and my Christmas gift to her on New Year’s Eve helped dodge the bullet of “no live music awesomeness” in 2014. (For reference, here’s a complete list of concerts I’ve been to previously: http://www.tomcroom.com/archives/8985)
So I plan on adding music back into my life more. I want to do more than just listen… I want to hear.
This has a two fold meaning. The first one is simple: I need to drink more water. I love coffee, tea, juice, and a dozen other liquids of varying varieties, but I should really get back into constantly drinking water. Sure, it makes me pee a lot – but it also helps keep me cleared out of some bad stuff, you know?
The other focus is the goal that I that I now live a five minute walk from the beach. I need to spend more time IN the ocean. Even if it just means walking barefoot when it’s cold, I need the ocean back in my life the way it was when I was younger. (Those that have never lived near a beach won’t exactly get this, but trust me – it’s important.)
I love blogging. It grants me open connection to the world and gives the world a free ticket to peruse my life. Most of the connections made are random replies from folks on the Internet finding shared loves, interests, and even the occasional gripe. Connection, though, was the foremost purpose of the Internet; human connection.
That, and writing helps mee wit mah grammarz.
So happy new year, Internet. Let’s do something fun.