This is my annual "Let's-look-back-at-the-year-and-reflect-on-the-passing-of-time-and-resolve-to-do-things-right-this-year" article. So without further hesitation, let's get to it!
Part I: What's Happened? The Big Stuff
As all of you by now probably know, I'm with the man of my dreams and don't plan on changing anytime soon. This Christmas was our six month anniversary, and it was really quite a nice moment for the both of us. By far, this is the longest relationship we've both had, and every day, we're still madly in love with each other. My Mom is surprised, I think, that I've finally found someone who's been able to put up with me for this long, but the most surprised person in this is ME. I mean hell, I remember last year writing about all sorts of guys that I was after, and looking back on it, all the heartache seems trivial. Even the most dramatic moments seem as if they were just little excercises in the game of life. And I think that says a lot on how much I've grown as a person over this past year.
Musically, things have been very good. Let's face it: I'm a pretty damned good musician (that's the only time you'll hear me say it like that, though). And fact is, I've been getting better. Learning about something that you love is certainly one of the most rewarding things in life. And believe me, lots of learning about music has taken place this year. With respect to my playing, I've been doing a fair amount, as well. Music has taken me to Montreal (more on that later), all over the Northwest, and I've met some famous musicians in the jazz and classical music worlds. Meeting some of the legends--as well as some of the movers and shakers--of the music world has been a very enlightening and fulfilling experience.
Most definitely, a big highlight of my year was packing my bags and heading off to Montreal, Quebec for 10 days. The gay men's chorus that I'm in participated in a fabulous international choral festival, and I had a magnificent time there. We saw all sorts of wonderful choirs from all over the world, and we had knock-out performances. I totally loved the city, with all its awe-inspiring architecture, really good food, culture, hunky men, and REALLY HOT strippers!! Oh my gosh!!! Kids, let me tell you, if I lived there, I'd go broke from giving those damned strippers all my income. :-D
Part II: What To Do?
Really, this should be titled "Resolutions," but I'm always trying to be different. *lol* I'll keep it to five this year, by the way. I did a pretty good job of keeping the really important ones last year, and I usually am, so we'll see if I can't keep up the success record.
5. I'm the fattest I've ever been (and in reality, it's not fat at all, but stil...). I need to exercise! Hopefully, the boyfriend will help out with that, because frankly, I can't do it without him.
4. I'm going to continue taking baby steps into eating healthier. This past year I pretty much shunned fast-food, and that's probably been the best thing that I can do. This year, I'll continue to reduce the amount of junky food I eat, but the focus will be on eating organic food. Again, the boyfriend is good at that kind of stuff, so I'm going to need his help.
3. I want to start performing more. That comes by getting off my ass and going and whoring myself out for gigs. I feel good enough now on voice to tout myself as a serious vocalist, and so I'll have brass and voice to offer. As they say, the more you can play, the more you get paid.
2. PRACTICE MORE!!!!! ACK! THIS IS THE HARDEST THING FOR ME TO DO!!!!! YOU ALL HAVE TO HELP ME WITH THAT!!!!
1. Finally, I need to be nicer to my boyfriend. I'm not cruel to him (well, at least not too cruel), but I'm rude to him much more than I care to admit. Like one of my elders told me, "Michael, you should bring your BEST behavior to your relationship, not your WORST." I think so many people forget that and take their significant others for granted, and I don't want to be guilty of that. So this year, I'm going to try REALLY hard to present my best behavior in my relationship much more than I have been.
I think that's it for me, kids. Momma's going out tonight to get tipsy, and a good time should be had by all. Now this year, I have a designated driver AND a beautiful boyfriend to kiss at the stroke of midnight...what more could a guy ask for? And for heaven's sake, please--just this once--follow my example and make sure you have a designated driver for tonight should you decide to drink, even if it's a cab. And make sure you have this all figured out before you step out of the door tonight. And if it comes down to it, spending the night in your car sure beats spending the night in the morgue.
As always, be safe and be nice, so you don't turn out like me!