It’s a new year. A new decade. Time to think back on what 2019 looked like, check the rearview mirror one more time and slide on forward into the next decade. I used to get pretty fired up about new years. Shed my skin and start again. I’m not feeling that way this time around. I guess that means things are pretty good. But they’re not really all good. Some of my loved ones are battling tough health issues. I’m at this midpoint in my career where I’m wondering what exactly I want to do for the next 20 years or so. I’m going to be 45 in May. I haven’t used my boat in months…

But I’m not dwelling on any of that at the moment. I have a deadline that I need to focus on. I want to continue to write and publish articles. I plan to post more on this blog. I plan to lose the holiday weight and start running again. Maybe I will go running after this post… I want to spend more time with my boys. I want to be more patient. I want to help others. I want to focus on good and ride the silver lining. I don’t want to look at the news and get depressed. I don’t want to worry about the future of our nation, but there’s no avoiding that. I aim to look for answers instead of more problems. I plan to get more involved in fisheries issues in 2020. I care a lot about the status of our fish populations and it pains me to see so much litter and habitat destruction on our beaches. So I’m going to do something about that, too.

The year began a bit strangely. We flew out of Las Vegas on New Year’s Eve, so the ball dropped when we were somewhere over the Gulf of Mexico, I presume. As we came in for a landing in Orlando, we could see fireworks going off. People celebrating new beginnings. My wife had a wretched cough. The kids noses were like snot fountains. I was pushed into overtime to get the house situated and the pool cleaned. I spent the first day of the new year battling with the folks at Academy Sports and Outdoors over a bunk bike we bought my son for Hanukkah that broke the first time he put his foot on the pedal. We got it fixed and it broke again the minute he put his foot on it… I won’t bore you with the details but I learned something about customer service; few people like to give the customer the benefit of the doubt. Two stores, two phone calls and three hours later, we got a new bike.

We didn’t have a fancy meal or do much of anything to celebrate the beginning of the new year, we just hung out as a family. Our little Levine unit. And that’s what it’s all about. I know that 2020 will bring many joys as well as some heartache. They all do. My main goal, or resolution, is to ride the silver lining. Find the good. Don’t focus on the bad. Keep an eye out for new opportunities and be ready to seize them.

That’s about it. But my wife wants to go vegan… Not sure I’m ready to climb that mountain.

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