The Last Post of 2004

And what an awful end to the year it's been with the Tsunami.

Tonight we're going to King Edward Park, so it will be good to catch up with a lot of the people who post-Xmas couldn't afford to go last night (actually neither could I, but that's another story).

So. Looking ahead. I don't use the dreaded "R" word, but there are some things I would like to achieve in 2005. Here they are:

Most of all, to get my career back on track. When I was younger, I was so focused and driven, but I ran off the rails a few years ago. But my peter pan days have to end. I'm rapidly heading for thirty and it's time to get back on track. I do have a definite plan, and things will be happening soon. Not many people know about it yet, but watch this space, big changes to come.

I want to become more civically active. I've become more so lately (the tsunami appeal, handing out how-to-vote cards) but there's so much more I could do. I will join Labor properly, campaign my MPs, write more letters, get things done, do all I can to drag this country kicking and screaming away from the Right.

I'm going to start painting and writing poetry again. I did lose all heart to do those things for awhile, but I enjoy them so much and got so much comfort, it seems absurd that I ever stopped. It's a daunting idea, but I can do it.

I'm going to make more of an effort to be patient, actually listen when other people talk, etc. I know sometimes I'm not a very good friend.

Cut out drinking, and hopefully gain some weight.

There you are. I know it won't be easy, but the longest journey begins with the smallest step; a step I think that I am finally ready to take.

Thanks for reading and I'll see you in 2005!

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