A New Year’s Resolution for 2013

“life moves pretty fast, if you don’t stop and look around once in a while you could miss it.” Ferris Bueller

HistDSC00480orically, I’ve never been one for making New Year’s resolutions but this year I found myself on the ski slopes of New Hampshire just a few days before New Year’s Eve, feeling rather melancholy and more motivated to set up some targets to shoot at for 2013. I’m not entirely sure what brought this shift in thinking on but I’m sure it has a lot to do with my age and my children.

At 53 It’s hard to consider myself as young although I don’t feel 53 and I don’t much look like I’m 53. I’m an active guy. I don’t try to be active, I just am active; the way I have always been. I run, cycle, swim, and have not given up trying to drive down my time when competing in local running races and the occasional triathlon. In short, I’m out there but at the end of the day I’m 53 years old and the clock is not only ticking, I am convinced it’s speeding up too. Adding credibility to this idea are my three young children ages 10, 9 and 6 who are growing before my eyes at an incredible rate. So fast in fact it’s like watching time-lapse photography live and in 3D. It’s hard to ignore their fast-paced growth which further propagates the idea that the peloton of time is speeding forward and all of us along with it.

So, where am I going with all this? No place too original I’m afraid except that at the ripening age of 53 with three young children in tow, I’m more aware these days of how fast time goes by and how quickly we can all lose sight of this very basic fact. WitDSC00325h all this in mind, one of my primary missions for 2013 is to climb out of the rut a little more frequently in 2013 and have a few more adventures with my family before I get too old to keep up with them and before they get to old to want to hang out with me.  Since I work for Jeanneau and have easy access to the boats we build, I plan to do a little cruising to areas that I have never been. I also plan to do a little camping this coming summer and made sure that Santa brought us a new tent to keep us warm and dry along the way. 

Life indeed moves pretty fast and Ferris Bueller was right, if you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it. Happy New Year everyone! Be good, work hard, and be sure to take the time to feel life’s fresh breezes.

All The Best,

Paul Fenn

5 thoughts on “A New Year’s Resolution for 2013

  1. I think you hit the nail on the head. Most of us live day-to-day as if we have unlimited time and will live forever. We think ‘I don’t need to take care of business today ’cause there’s always tomorrow’…until there is no tomorrow. Without being macabre, we don’t know how much time we have, and rather than that being fear-inducing, we can, as you suggest, use it as a motivation to be sure we’re doing the important things, early and often. I’m pretty sure no one on their deathbed wished they had spent more time at work or watching TV.
    There is a reality. We need to take care of ourselves and our loved ones, but using your thinking, we are capable of creating work that is enriching spiritually, as well as financially, and we can take some chances and create experiences that will nourish the entire family, while intentionally creating learning and memories that will last a lifetime.
    I have been fortunate to have work that has always seemed like play, and for that I’m grateful, but I’m at a point where I’m going to follow your lead and start going places and doing things I’ve dreamed about. My greatest fear is not death, but having time before the inevitable moment comes to look back with regret and say, “I wish I had…”

  2. Take it from a Dad of 4 kids , 21 to 15. They grow up fast, spend as much time with them as you can, doing things you will always remember. 🙂 You’ll create some traditions and have a marvelous time as well. Take care Buddy! George

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