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New Year’s Resolution: Shoot more film.

It’s 2 in the morning. I always say to myself: “go to bed by 2, because that is when the bars close, and you used to close bars all the time.” I don’t actually say it out loud though. My inner voice and I are becoming well acquainted, I need to speak out loud more often.

I’m not real big on resolutions, I believe that talking about doing something and actually doing it are two different things. Like quitting smoking for instance. I always see people who will try to quit smoking make a big deal out of it. They tell all their friends about their intentions, they keep constant track of how long it’s been since their last smoke. I get that these people are seeking out support from their peers, and I support anyone who is trying to quit anything

I believe that by talking about it and making it such a big deal you are actually depriving yourself of reaching your goal. You have to put it out of your mind completely. You have to let go. Thinking about how long it’s been since you last inhaled is not going to help you quit smoking. That is my indirect advice to all my friends who want to give up cigarettes or anything else they resolve to get rid of in the coming new year.

I used to smoke a pack of Camel Lights a day, and I drank so much beer that I think my body literally just can’t take another drop of it. When I found out Maizy was pregnant with Penny we were both smokers. I quit because she had to quit. After a long period of not smoking at all, I bummed one off somebody and it made my skin turn green and I felt sick for hours afterwards. That was it. I was cured of my addiction to smoking.

I feel like my body just naturally told me it was time to give all that up. All my vices were just making me feel sick. I hope that those of you who are into self improvement and resolutions are able to reach your goals in the coming new year.

I like to keep mine simple so it’s easy to overachieve. Take better pictures, write better stories, create better projects, be a better father, be a better partner, a better friend. Volunteer more.

Feed my daughter less Chicken McNuggets.

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8 thoughts on “Resolutions

  1. Think your resolutions are pretty ambitious but extremely laudable. To be a better anything is always a challenge and — as with giving up smoking, or whatever — it takes a mind that is determined.

    Best wishes to you and yours for 2014.

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  2. pi314chron says:

    Jeremy, what a warm, wonderful, and inspirational post! And capped off with a photo of your beautiful daughter. I know she is the pride and joy of your heart!

    I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoy your photography…even if I don’t always leave comments. Maybe I should resolve not to be so cussed lazy in 2014!

    At any rate, may you have a wonderful Holiday Season and a Joyous and Blessed New Year!

    Keep doing what you are doing, and let no one discourage you! Not even yourself! *g*

    Ron

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