Sunday, December 29, 2013
A year in the making.
I am not a big "New Year resolution" kind of guy. It seems quite arbitrary to try and better yourself because a new year hits the calendar. Now, that is not to say it is wrong, just not something that works for me. I do, however, set goals for myself. Things like, where do I want to be by the end of this year, what are some things I can accomplish in the time I have?
In doing that, it is always helpful to look at the year that has gone by and reflect on what I failed at and what I was able to get done. Well, this year was actually one of the most productive I have had in quite some time. In 2013 I focused on becoming a published author. I made connections with some amazing people who are on that same journey. I learned about two very different paths to accomplishing that goal and was able to publish not one, but two books.
I have been able to get feed back from people I have never met on something that I pulled from my mind and made into a reality. I have to say, if nothing else, it was empowering. It showed me that all those years of sitting back and just hoping to one day get my ideas out there or to do something with my art, was not the kind of person I wanted to be.
This year taught me to be a doer. I was talking with someone the other day about how long I lived in the future instead of the present. Life happens now and we can let it pass us by if we are not careful. I have decided that waiting is for others, now is the time for my dreams to happen and I am the person that will make them.
It has been a lot of work and things are only picking up from there. Life takes dedication and focus, but in leaving you I don't want to forget something else that it takes to find your dreams in this world. Sometimes, you have to stop the work, take a second and have some fun. Sure, "stop and smell the roses" is a cliche, but it's a good one.
Here is some of that fun I was talking about, and don't worry I've only partially lost my mind.
(this is what working on music until 2 in the morning can get you)
Posted by Brandon Ax at 9:26 AM
Location: Lancaster, USA
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Great post--and that video made my day :D You're right; whatever we do, whatever course we choose for ourselves, keeping the flexibility to have some plain old fun, preferably in spontaneous ways, is the key to happiness. I believe, like you, that January 1st isn't any more (or less) important than any other day, that the power of reinvention is within us every morning, every minute, and with that I wish you happiness and success every day :)ReplyDelete
We can be better anytime we choose that is for sure. I am glad the vid could bring some joy we have sure laughed at it enough times. It is never a bad time to smile.Delete
Partially? LoL too funny!ReplyDelete
I mean, epic. Very complex and deep lyrics, and now that beat is stuck in my head…thanks guys :D
Unfortunately sometimes we get so involved in our projects and live in the future, as you so wisely said, and it really is important to stop, have fun, and live in the moment. Congratulations on your 2013 accomplishments and may next year bring you much success ;)
Well you know me, I was never all that sane from the start.Delete
These are very important things you are quite smart...which is why I have you for my CP :P.
Funny video - some people have a lot of time on their hands.ReplyDelete
I'm more of a goal-setter as well.
And you can't wait for tomorrow because we are not promised it.
Make 2014 rock, Brandon!
the sad part is we don't, but hey if you can't carve out time to put a bag on your hed and make a music video...what are we doing here? lol.Delete
Hope you have a great new year as well.
Great video. I might have to keep it on hand for whenever I need to remind myself to relax and have some fun.ReplyDelete
I get what you're saying about living in the future. It can take a lot of focus off of the things that matter every day. Good luck in the coming year.
It is a great reminder, or at least worthy of a smile here and there.Delete
It can for sure take away the focus. Hope you have a great new year as well.
Glad you got so much accomplished this year!ReplyDelete
Me too, can't wait to see what the new year brings. Thanks for stopping by.Delete
I'm also more of a goal setter than a resolution maker.ReplyDelete
Have a wonderful 2014!
Goals are important, it is good to plan.Delete
Hope your new year brings you all you want from it.
That looks like so much fun.ReplyDelete
It was, and finally people will take my frivolity, serious. Or something.Delete
I love your attitude. And of course there's a reason why "stop and smell the roses" is a cliche. I always like quoting Ferris Bueller, "Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it." ;) Good luck in the new year!ReplyDelete
One of my favorite movies ever.Delete
LOL!!! *wiping away a tear* That was awesome! I was up until 6:00 a.m. this morning, so I'm totally on the 2 a.m. groove. I'm reminded of that song, "Dare to be Stupid," and can't think of it without picturing cartoon transformers dancing in formation. Life truly is too short to waste on stressing, eh?ReplyDelete
It is way too short and I love Weird Al, I used to listen to him all the time. Sometimes staying up all night working creates wired things lol.Delete
Who's that handsome fellow in the white....oh wait, that's me lol. You are completely right, now is the time to step into your destiny. A lot of good things are to come and I'm excited for the one's willing to grab it.ReplyDelete
yeah man, it is going to be a good year.Delete
I finally got a moment to watch your video and am wiping tears of laughter from my eyes. That looks like it was so much fun.ReplyDelete
WE sure were laughing while doing it.Delete