Here we go. This is the first post of 2016. Today I’d like to continue on with the theme of resolutions, and I’ll tell you a story. About me. I was six and a half years old when my father had a massive heart attack. He could no longer work, hell, he wasn’t even supposed to get out of bed. All the well meaning people of the family and neighborhood told me, “Your dad is very sick dear and your mother has to tend him. You’re the big one now. You’ll have to look after everyone else. You’ll have to look after getting the firewood, feeding the livestock … blah, blah, blah.” My path in life was set.
From that time, about sixty years, I have gone the extra mile for everyone. I have tended, helped, worked for free for family, friends, and those in need. I have donated money, time, and the labors and skills I had learned. I’ve taken people in, paid rent for others, bought their groceries, babysat their children as well as my own, etc. Always I put myself last. Don’t get me wrong here, I have had a wonderful and fulfilling life. I regret nothing and I’d do it all over again in a heartbeat.
Having said that, I’ll soon be 67 years old. It’s my turn. I want something for me. I want it badly, and in 2016 all else will take a back seat to my pursuit of my desire. What is it I so passionately desire? Time. Time with the lady who has loved me unconditionally for the past twenty years. She is younger than I am and she works in a high stress job that is slowly killing her. It drains her so when she is home, all she has left is the energy to sit and rest. This is pure bullshit and I want her back. I want time with her where she is the energizer bunny that she was and is after a week off. However, if we wait until she can officially retire I’ll be 80. No thanks. I want her out of that job now.
So, how to accomplish this? Well, I have a couple of small pensions, pin money really, but they count. Book sales have been slowly but steadily increasing. I’m getting close to my goal, but I’m not there yet. And there’s the key. This is what is driving my resolutions. I will strive to learn and produce better stories. I will also strive to learn more about marketing. And I’m not above begging for help.
Yes, I do need your help, but I’m not asking for a lot, just a few short minutes of your time. If you enjoyed one of my books, please give it a review on Amazon. Give my page a *like*. Every time you see me post about my writing or a book I have written, *like* the post and share it. This only takes seconds, good people, but it means so much. You can’t begin to imagine what another thirty positive reviews will do for me.
So, that’s it folks, that’s what 2016 will be about for me. It’s about me. It’s my turn. This time I want something for me. This time I’m asking for help.
In this coming year, may your blessings be many and your troubles few.
PS, here’s a visual of what that would look like.