A(nother) New Start

Yeah, yeah, I know, I’ve had more new starts than all the racers of NASCAR combined. Well here’s another one.

Why? A couple of reasons. Yesterday was my 62nd birthday. Birthdays, to me, have always been like New Years Day, a chance to take a look at how things have been and how they could be. A chance to look back and to look to the future. And not to be maudlin, but unless I live to be 125 I have a lot more to look back on then I do to look forward to.

Speaking of looking back, let me tell you about a little exercise I’ve been doing all of this year. No, not that kind of exercise. That’s a subject for another post. Every day this year when I’ve got on the computer in the morning I’ve deleted the unneeded emails from that date for each year going back to when I started on Gmail in 2005. It’s been interesting. Most of it should have been trashed long ago. I doubt that anyone is going to honor that 12 year old coupon today. Some of it is personal and not deleted. A somewhat surprising amount is incomprehensible – back and forth on unremembered topics that were obviously important then, but unreadable today with out the long forgotten context. Finally, there were more than a few that just made me cringe. Things I said, opinions I espoused, and comments I made that at the very least make me wonder just what was I thinking?

It’s not all gazing in the rear-view mirror. There are still things I’d like to do. Some I’ll write about here, others will remain unannounced until they’re accomplished. (One thing I’ve been way too guilty of in the past is having and announcing “Grand Ideas” without putting in grand thought and planning first.) Another thing I’m not going to do, at least for now, is promote anything I write here. If you read it, you read it. If no one reads it I’m fine with that too. I’ve reached the point where I realize I really don’t care either way. Perhaps that’s growth.

Admittedly there isn’t much new or forward looking in this post. The future is in the future. (Isn’t that profound!)

Conflict

direction500x333Conflict – to come into collision or disagreement; be contradictory, at variance, or in opposition; clash:
(conflict. Dictionary.com. Dictionary.com Unabridged. Random House, Inc. http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/conflict (accessed: November 20, 2015).)
I’m a bit conflicted and I’m sure I’m not alone.

I love politics and current events

I am a news junkie. From the time I get up in the morning until I go to sleep at night I am watching or reading about the news of the day. And there’s plenty of things going on – from he 2016 presidential race to the horrific events in Paris and everything in between. These are important things, things that impact me, my family, the people I love and the friends that I have. They impact the present and the future.

I have been writing about these topics for nearly ten years because they interest me and they matter. I’m not delusional enough to think that my thoughts influence anyone. I don’t write because I think myself an expert or opinion maker, but because they are my thoughts and I want to express them.

On the other hand I do think I’m right and that everyone should agree with me.

I hate politics and current events

While I am an optimist’s optimist, always looking for the pony, what is reported 24×7 is ugly, depressing, and often at odds with my deeply held beliefs. There are times when I absolutely cannot wrap my head around the rationale behind the stories and events I see. It makes me want to turn off the news, ignore the world and turn into Howard Hughes (without the money).

What compounds this feeling is my inability to understand how some people can be so horribly wrong headed in their thinking. For example, there are people who actually believe that Hillary would be a good president. I mean, I know some will say it because she’s running with that big old ‘D’ after her name, but others actually believe it. Explain that, if you can.

So What?

I enjoy blogging. I enjoy putting my thoughts down on ‘paper’. I enjoy other people’s comments and the people I’ve ‘met’.

So I’ll continue to write on occasion, and even post about politics and current events, but don’t be surprised to see more posts about work, hobbies, and fun stuff. I mean, who could possibly argue about sports?