The Obligatory End Of Year Post: The NerdCRIT List Special 2011
It’s been just over two and a half months since NerdCRIT was launched, so it seems kind of ridiculous for me to write a “Best of 2011″ list. Sure, I’ve been alive all of 2011 and have enjoyed a bunch of stuff – but you are pretty much clueless as to what any of that was pre-October 14th . . . so I’ll not waste either of our time trying to catch you up. Instead, let’s use this time a little more productively with my own list that henceforth shall be known as “The NerdCRIT List Special”! (Hey, it’s my site . . . I can do what I want and call it what I want – mmmkay?!)
The NerdCRIT List Special
The following random thoughts, ideas and sentiments are just a few of the many things running through my mind as I wrap up 2011 and mentally prepare for 2012. They are in no particular order, but all are equally important. Well, to me they are anyway. I mean, I did take the time to write them down and post them here for you to read. I’m rambling . . . . my apologies . . . please – read on, dear friends . . . I’ll start the list now.
~ DOING SOMETHING IS BETTER THAN THINKING SOMETHING ~
I must have spent more time this year thinking about creating NerdCRIT than it has spent in existence. Why? Because thoughts like this kept popping into my head: I can’t think of a great name, there are too many other sites out there like what I have in mind, I don’t have any bad-ass graphics, nobody will care about what I have to say. But then I heard Chris Hardwick on the Nerdist PodCAST talk about this very subject of “Doing vs. Not Doing” and he put things in perspective. He made me realize that it’s okay to make my “thing”, whatever that may be, and if it fails it fails and if it succeeds it succeeds – either way, you did your thing and you will learn from that experience.
~ TIME WAITS FOR NO-ONE ~
This ties into what I wrote above, but deserves it’s own space in that you need to really consider this point carefully. Time keeps moving forward. If you are ready for it or not doesn’t matter – it will always be pushing you forward. There are only so many hours in the day, so spend them wisely on the things you need to do and the things you want to do. Our children will only be young for a few brief years – go play with them! They do, after all, have those wicked cool toys you bought for them that as you were paying for them were secretly hoping you would get to play with them. GO DO IT! They’ll love you for it, I promise – and you’ll have more fun than you thought. Make that call to your family you have been putting off, because you may get a call instead letting you know that they aren’t around anymore for you to call. Read that book . . . better yet, write that book! (but finish my post first . . I mean, you are already here and I’m just about done.)
~ RECOGNIZE THE GOOD MOMENTS TOO ~
Far too often we focus on the negative aspects of our lives and don’t realize just how many fantastically amazing moments we have also. Learn to recognize those times as readily as you do the bad and you will start to notice the good really does out weigh the bad. And if it doesn’t, then there’s something to be learned there too and you can start doing things to change that! (see what I did there? CALL-BACK! Refer to my first item in this list . . it applies here too.)
~ ACKNOWLEDGMENTS ~
Be sure to thank those who are taking this journey we call “life” together with us. Be thankful you have them and most importantly – let them know you are! It’s simplistic in theory but all to often it is one of those things we tend to put off. Don’t. Take the time and thank those who support, love and encourage you.
To that end, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you who have started this journey with me and have allowed me to be a part of your lives and the things that you are passionate about. Your support, positive feedback and encouragement has shown me that if you are passionate about something that there are others out there who are equally as passionate and who want to hear your thoughts and share your experiences.
I look forward to what awaits us in the coming year as we get to know each other better and watch our ideas, thoughts and lives grow.