Obligatory 2013 Resolutions post

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The most exciting of post titles, isn’t it?

Resolutions are fun for the same reason goals are fun – they give you something to work towards, something to focus your energy on. Sure, most of them might be in total vain, but even just making them in the first place is kind of exciting. I’m sure a lot of people look at the concept of New Year resolutions in that way – that if an individual really wanted to change, they shouldn’t wait until January 1st to do it. But I think we’re all always conscious about molding ourselves certain ways, and while we might not consciously set goals to get us certain places, certainly self-awareness is a strong first stride.

So I’d like to make note of a few goals of my own. The promise of a new year is always kind of exciting to me. Even though time is very much linear, there’s something about looking at your calendar and seeing 2013 for the first time that elicits a very strong, hopeful feeling. Like staring at a blank canvas, the idea of all the possibilities and outcomes is simply exhilarating.

Quite frankly, my goals for this year are pretty realistic – nothin’ that I honestly can’t see myself sticking to.

1 – Blog more

This is on my list like, every single year. While I do consider my blogging somewhat consistent these days, I’ve never felt like I do enough of it. Ideally I’d like to be posting several times a week, but I don’t want to force it either. I have a lot of ideas for posts that never see the light of day, and well, I wanna make those happen. The fact that I got my hands on a MacBook last year makes this goal all the more doable, because that means blogging from campus during my downtime is a thing.

2 – Beat that backlog

2013 will continue my struggle against Bak’laag and his deadly minions. Of course, I’m referring to The Backloggery and finishing all the games I own, but isn’t it kinda cute that they have that whole backstory set up?

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I’ve always just seen video games as experiences, so it always seemed okay to me to just keep buying more and more of them, even if all I wanted was just a taste of what they offered. But, after doing the math and realizing I have 100+ unfinished, I was kinda shocked. Given how much money I’ve been shelling out for what are essentially products I’ve bought, it would make sense to finish ’em. I’ve gone over this before, too, but the kind of motivation that The Backloggery provides is seriously compelling. In addition to this, the thrill of going back to games I either remember somewhat or have been totally overlooked is kind of exciting – like diggin’ through a box of nostalgic things that’s been sitting in the attic for too long. Additionally, focusing on games I already own means I’m not buying a lot of new ones, which means I’m saving money. And saving money? Yeah, why not.

3 – Gain weight

Oh god, fitness talk on a video game blog? HERESY, DUDE.

In all seriousness, I feel it’s fair to include this – just don’t expect much about this kind of thing here on this blog – exposing my personal life is what Twitter is for, silly!

Metaphorically, this is me.
Metaphorically, this is me.

Okay, so, I’m a skinny kid. I think I weigh like, 130-135 on average these days? According to the body mass index, given my height (6-3, 6-4), I should weigh around 160-170 pounds. Um. Yeah. Gaining weight would be good. I’ve been doing the Insanity program for over a month now to try and get back into shape, and that’s been going well. It’s torturous at times, quite frankly, but I’m seeing progress. Sometimes I feel like I’m not giving it my complete “all,” if you will, but it gets me more sweaty than I’ve ever been, so I suppose that’s a good sign.

Thing is, Insanity is less about gaining weight and more about losing it. I’m sure I’ll put on a few pounds because of new muscle, but it also seems like that change will be mitigated by burning off a lot of calories daily.

I dunno man. A lot of people tell me to just eat more, but the thing is, I do eat a lot. Traditionally, I have heavy breakfasts, medium-sized lunches, and filling dinners with several snacks in between, and I’m still a friggin’ twig. So, metabolism, I guess? My parents say I’m going to start filling in soon enough, so maybe it’s just something that’ll gradually happen on its own. That would certainly be nice, but I intend to try and get fit in the meantime, even if I do end up losing a few pounds along the way.

So there you have it – three reasonably realistic goals. With Bioshock Infinite, Animal Crossing, and GTA V right around the corner, 2013 is lookin’ pretty swell.

-rav4ge

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