New Years Resolutions

Now that the year is coming to a close and the holidays are wrapping up, I'm starting to ruminate about 2017 more than I'd like to. Ultimately, from my perspective, 2017 was a very successful year for LAN Mob as a business. We've made a lot of big steps, made some awesome connections, ran more events then I can count but most importantly we've learned a ton. However, I know better than to celebrate, the grind continues into 2018 with even more events around the corner and more pizzas in the oven, so to speak. On a more personal level, I can't help but look back on 2017 with some dissatisfaction. I'm not going to get too far into every aspect of this feeling, but in the strangest way I feel like I'm less myself lately. In the most ironic way, I used to always think New Year's resolutions were a bit silly; why put off bettering yourself/I'M PERFECT. Alas, here I am, having my epiphany at the end of the year...I guess it makes more sense now. Outside of Elementary School (We were forced to!) this is basically my first year of ever having resolutions that I'm very serious about, and publishing this blog will help keep me on track and maybe even the LAN Mob customers will be able to help me out by slapping sodas out of my hand and keeping me optimistic!

I think this is a generally big resolution for people all around the world, I think everyone wants to be healthier. Eating better, exercising more and repairing my abysmal sleep schedule are good places to start for me, but I'd like to go beyond these things as well. If you spend anytime around the shop you've probably heard me complain about my bad back, which continues to be a my back.  As much as I despise physical therapy, it's probably in my best interest to return in 2018, or bite the bullet and get the fusion surgery the doctors keep recommending to me, even though I'll be out of commission for a little while. Secondly, I have three extremely persistent stomach ulcers that I've been neglecting. Treatment is pretty straight forward but my inability/unwillingness to completely adjust my diet is making the issue worse then it should be. Starting today (as I write this) I'm going to take things more seriously, especially after talking to my doctor. No more hot sauce on eggs and no more Bawls. Sigh.

Life is pain.

In general, 2017 has been a difficult year. Probably one of my most difficult year to date, and for a lot of reasons. I used to pride myself on being a very optimistic individual but this year kind of kicked my ass and really sucked, for lack of better terms. It's hard to simply be optimistic, but I think I can make some important steps to get myself back on track. In fact, just eating healthier and getting some of my health issues under control will be an excellent place to start. I used to practice meditation regularly, which is a practice I would love to take up again, but unfortunately my current residence doesn't make it easy. I certainly don't want to be a pessimistic person, so it's definitely in my best interest to do everything in my power to get back on track and staying positive. I think 2017 was tough for a lot of people considering politics, world events, and even some pretty sad local news, it can be hard to stay above it all.

This one is simple, I just want to spend more time with the people I care about. It's easy to get caught up in the day to day life, work, errands, sleep, etc and just let time slip right by. It didn't really hit me hard until I started to realize sometimes I go weeks without seeing my best friends or even days without seeing my parents. When I do manage to find the time to spend time with people, I feel like I haven't been present in mind, only in body, which is pretty lame. I'll work harder to actually spend time with the people I care about, I can't help but feel ashamed it took me this long to actively try to change it. Sometimes it's as simple as putting your phone is another room and just disconnecting for a while.

I have only left New York state once in my life, thanks to being invited to Gettysburg by Taggles and his family on a mini-vacation back in middle school. I've never really wanted to travel far (outside of desperately hoping to go to Japan someday), but this year it's happening! Come April it seems I'm heading down to Florida for some much needed unwinding, and I'll even get to see Slooze! This part isn't much of a resolution, just something that's happening, but I am resolving myself to travel more for events. I'd like to start traveling around to Injustice 2, DragonBall FighterZ and maybe even Tekken events in the area. Not only would I like to compete (especially in IJ2), but I'd like to make connections with these communities, which is always fun but also valuable to the business! I'm pretty confident in how I play Injustice 2 already, but I will have to work on Tekken (and get a copy) and play a whole bunch of DBZF, which is a resolution in itself. I hope to see any local FGC guys reading this at some locals in the future, on top of LAN Mob's Fight Nights!

I feel like no matter what I'll never actually have enough time to play all the games I really want to, and that's to be expected. I guess my New Year's Resolution would just be to genuinely enjoy any and all game time I have, no matter what I play. Sometimes I feel guilty because I haven't played X or Y yet, but I think it's best to just focus on enjoying whatever I find myself playing. I REALLY look forward to playing January's amazing releases - Thanks Rob - learning Tekken and ultimately starting Nioh!...That's right, I'm going to play Nioh this year! I PROMISE.

Sometimes it's hard to admit that you need to change aspects of your life, and I suppose I have much more respect for New Year's resolutions. There's plenty more things I'd love to do/change in 2018, but I think in order for these things to come to fruition I have to tackle some of these first. Change is good, despite how difficult it can be. What are your New Year's Resolutions? Let me know in the comments below! Thanks for reading and I hope 2018 brings success and happiness for everyone. 
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