Most people make resolutions for the New Year. These usually involve promises to quit smoking, or join a gym, or other various forms of condemnation of procrastination. I am not immune to this. I have made those same kinds of resolutions (losing weight etc) but these are not really about hobbies. For hobbies I have a separate list.
- Don't start new hobbies if progress has not been made in other hobbies. Nothing is worse than having a bunch of stuff gathering dust on a shelf or in a closet.
- Don't become a collector. Collecting stuff means having more than you can use. Most hobbyists, myself included, have more model kits than they can build, more trains than they can run, more books than they can read, more paints than they can use before they dry up, and more money invested in non moving stock.
- Have more patience. Nothing can ruin a good hobby than lack of patience. I can't count how many paint jobs or decal applications that have been ruined because I didn't take my time. Sometimes a near perfect paintjob was ruined because I wouldn't let it sit long enough--the results were good CSI quality fingerprints.
- Get a better handle on this whole blogging thing. I have enjoyed blogging, but I don't quite know how to expand the audience of this blog.
- Take better pictures for the blog. I haven't done a bad job, but a quick tour around the World Wide Web, clearly indicates I could do better.
- Enjoy my hobbies more. Don't get me wrong. I love my hobbies, but I think there could always be room for improvement. Enjoying life fully is not as easy as people think. While hobbies are supposed to be a relief from pressure, they often create their own pressures. (see the previous five points and then tell me if I am wrong)
- Complete more. If you've read this blog for a while, you might conclude that the sheer number of hobbies I have means that I don't complete a lot, and you'd be right. I hope that 2013 is different.
Happy New Year Everyone