My husband and I have a tradition. Just before New Year’s eve we decide what we want the next year’s theme to be. There’s been the year of adventure, the year of love, and the year of challenge. This year? The year of Improvements. I just started playing Superbetter, which is a game system for healing and improving your real life. This is similar to what I’m trying to put together with my roleplaying game style book, Weight Loss for Dragons. I hope the other Jane doesn’t mind me calling 2016 the Superbetter year.
Every year, of course, we come in determined to start fresh. This is the year we’ll become perfect, enlightened beings. We’ll lose weight, declutter our house, get paid doing what we love, kick bad habits, have brilliant, well-behaved children, become famous, travel, connect with our loved ones, and learn new skills. All of it. I’ve had many a year where I started with my head down, running at ramming speed, and get surprised when I hit a wall.
“I have a big head, and little arms. I’m just not sure how well this plan was thought through.” -T-Rex, Meet the Robinsons
So this year, I will make my first goal to keep up a slow and steady momentum of improvements throughout the year. It’s no good making goals that depend on other people to achieve, like getting a book deal. I should focus on my side of it, which would be creating and submitting my writing. I will gather support instead of slogging along alone. I will take the time to make a map of where I’d like to be, and question if what I’m doing is the way to get there. I will see who I am now, not who I used to be, or what society thinks I should be.
Just updated the website, tell me if you see any glitches. Let me know if you are interested in being my ally on Superbetter (no, autocorrect, that’s not super heater).