The 2018 Accountability Post

Every day is an opportunity to get better.

I’d be lying if I said I was upset with my 2018, but I’d also be lying if I said I was happy with it.

2018 had its fair share of moments. My 21st kicked off the year on the 3rd, that should be a fun time for anybody. After 10 years of fandom, Kaytlyn got me tickets and I finally took a trip to OKC to catch a Thunder game. Kaytlyn and I also spent our first full calendar year living together, and we took out first big vacation to Miami in August.

I met some goals that I’d like to build upon this year. While they were sporadic, I made at least one blog post every month in 2018. 2018 was also probably my most consistent post-high school year at the gym, but it still could’ve been a lot better.

My biggest regrets in 2018 come down to my ambition. Matt and I resumed a pro wrestling podcast in January that didn’t last a month. I started a ‘Ward’s Take’ feature in the summer that lasted about two weeks. I completely reshaped the blog, bought a domain, and started a new theme I was really excited about in August. It lasted a week.

My grades in school suffered. My GPA dropped low enough after the spring semester that I lost a $1,000 scholarship. I followed that up with probably my worst overall semester in the fall.

When I could’ve been productive, I was lazy. When I could’ve been doing homework, I was lazy. When I could’ve been earning extra money, I was lazy. I spent a lot of 2018 settling for mediocrity because it was ‘good enough’.

So what does this all mean for 2019?

First off, I make no promises about any blog posts. I’ll post when I can and I hope to do it frequently. If anyone has any ideas on things you’d like me to write about, please let me know. I know there’s not a lot of you out there who actually read this stuff, so if you’d like to see something, please ask.

A lot of my posts will likely be team-specific, as that’s obviously what I’m most knowledgeable about, but I hope to throw in a fair mix of a little bit of everything. There will be no themes, I won’t promise to post about a certain topic on a certain day. To put this all in pro wrestling terms, this blog is officially ‘No Holds Barred’.

Writing is therapeutic for me. If I’m ever thinking about something, putting pen to paper or thoughts to screen airs it all out. You should honestly try it. Write out everything you did that you’re proud of in 2018, then write out everything you regret. I promise you it’ll give you a better idea of what you want to accomplish in 2019.

I don’t like New Year’s Resolutions, but I like self-improvement. If you have any resolutions, kick their ass. Know that, more often than not, failure is brought on by yourself. I just let out the things that upset me about 2018, they were all my fault.

Here’s to hoping 2019 is a better year for everyone, whether 2018 was good or bad. Hopefully, one year from now, we can look back and be happy at what it was.

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