Every year I publish a set of new years resolutions on section hiker. Coming up with these goals is a worthwhile exercise, I think, because it makes me stretch myself out of my comfort zone, but forces me to develop some wisdom and self-compassion about my physical and life limitations. Here are my resolutions from 2009, and 2010.
I did a pretty good job hitting my goals from last year, so I must be making some progress on the wisdom end of things. One would hope.
Here we go for 2011:
- Finish the Appalachian Trail in Maine, Connecticut, and New York State.
- Give 5 talks or demonstrations of lightweight backpacking gear, as part of my role being a Gossamer Gear Trail Ambassador.
- Lead 3 meet-up hikes or backpacking trips.
- Continue developing my yoga practice.
- Get back on class 2 and class 3 whitewater, at least 4 days this year.
- Hike a week-long walkabout in the eastern white mountains.
- Try gold panning. People do it in New Hampshire, in a unmechanized fashion.
- Spend 2 nights at one of the Randolph Mountain Club shelters in the Northern Presidentials.
- Publish my 1,000th post on Sectionhiker.com
- Help people more in a selfless way, without regard for compensation.
That last one kind of stands out doesn't it? Lately, I've been helping people address different technical and business issues, sharing my network, and just helping them out, a lot more than ever before. It's really satisfying and I can see its benefits in a very direct way.
If there's one thing I learned after 22 years of working: it's that you get more back than you give, when you give freely.
What are you planning for 2011?