Sometimes it takes a great event in life, sometimes it’s turmoil. Sometimes it’s the love of a woman, sometimes, you’ve lost your job or your health. Where ever your crossroads come from, which way will you go when you get to them?
Coming to a crossroads myself recently, it was time to take stock of who I am, what I am, where I came from, and more importantly where do I want to go? It’s time for a reboot.
It’s time for Greg 2.0. The phoenix has burned down, arisen again.
Too Much Time Wasted.
I wasted a lot of time. Not in the sense that I didn’t have enjoyment (I did), but in the sense that nothing outwardly productive came from my efforts. I don’t think that’s always a bad thing, sometimes entertainment is it’s own reward, but other things can be so much more so. To this end, I’ve come to the first life changing task:
No More Games
(apart from family time games).
I packed up all of my Xbox 360 games and sent them to Amazon to their trade-in program. I ended up getting almost $400 for them, so I’m happy. Next to go is the Xbox itself. I’ve got it, a controller, a hard drive, and a wireless adapter on craigslist right now, but after the listing if I still have it, it’s to Gamestop I go to get gouged.
Next, I’ll be going through my games closet and getting rid of all of my board games too. Time to get focused – and time I’m not playing games is times I can spend doing all of the things I really want to do.
I have always been a gamer, so this one hurts. At the same time, I’ve always been a gamer. I was a pretty damn good one too. Perfecting that, what else can I be? What else do I want to be? If I’m not gaming, what will I be doing with my time?
Next, I have committed to
No More TV or Internet
(except for work and this blog)
Too much time wasted. See above. Small Facebook games (while fun, and thank you everyone, it’s not getting the house cleaned, or helping my children with their lives).
I’ve committed to:
No Coffee, Tea, Drugs, Alcohol.
(White Tea and the odd wine/beer with my wife allowed)
This is a tough one. I’m on day 12 of no coffee, and have only had a few cups of caffeine starved white tea else wise. I posted about the coffee struggle earlier. Ouch.
Too many drugs in the system..am I me, or am I the drugs? I’d like a baseline to spring from, and to do that I need to understand how much sleep and nutrition I really need to function, so this is a no brainer. Posts on this path will appear under Health and Wellness, because well, they affect my health and wellness. 🙂
Running A Marathon!
I’ve always wanted to do this, but never got off my LAZY ass to do so. This time, it’s time. I actually booked and PAID FOR my marathon, the March 2013 Rock N’ Roll Marathon in Washington, D.C. My progress is under Running a Marathon! in the links. Since I’m a rookie at this, I’m going to be detailing my progress in slow, steady steps. I hope that all of my research into running a marathon from scratch will inspire some of you to get up and do it yourself. Only 1% of the population will run a marathon in their lives, and it’s a BFD to me.
Something else that I’ve always wanted to do, but never got up and did it (apart from the dreaming and thinking) is…
Write A Children’s Book!
Yep. I’m just gonna do it. I’m writing and illustrating an children’s book. By the end of September 2013 I will have a published children’s book on the shelves somewhere. It factors to be a labor of love, and I’ve already got some great feedback to my story ideas, so hopefully it and I will be hugely successful in this endeavor.
Next, I’m going to
Commit To A Religion
Not a theistic one, just can’t wrap my head around that. I am very interested in the concept of spirituality however, and there are some fantastic non-theistic religions that I would like to delve into. First up to see if I’m a fit, Buddhism.
I’m also come to the realization and acceptance that I’m not good at home. I need to be in an out of the home job, so,
I’m Getting A ‘Real’ Job.
Not sure exactly where I’ll end up, but I have some very promising irons in some fires. I want to join the adult world, have adult interactions, and regain some lost ego. It’s just time.
Something I’ve been wanting to really get a hold of forever, is
Brush and Floss twice a day.
It’s all about habit making and sticking. I just need to do it. People who brush and floss live longer, and I want to be here for my family. It’s as simple as that. This, of all the things I’m looking to do may end up being the hardest to actually stick to doing. I’m so God damn lazy. Must. Stop. The Madness.
Go To Therapy
Ok, so I have some issues to work out. Some serious ones. As I get through some of them, I’ll share more. Bottom line is, that a therapist can help you sort out who you are and where you’re coming from, so you can get to where you want to be. This is exactly what I hope to do, so I think seeing a therapist can help me jumpstart this journey on the right foot.
Write A Blog!
In this age of over-sharing, I plan on over-sharing a bunch. Tear down the wall, exposed in front of my peers. Read if you like , don’t if you don’t, but don’t do nothing.
Be the change you want to see.
You are as happy as you want to be.
Anything is possible, with hard work and dedication.
If you’ve got dreams, why haven’t you started them?
If you don’t have dreams, maybe it’s time to set goals, instead of just exist.
This is the year of Greg.
Greg Hatchette, the HatchDad, ready to emerge from my shell as a new me.
Someone who I built, something I made.
Thanks for reading guys.