Resolutions 2016 edition
by Dale Burgos
Dale and his mom, Cora, who is celebrating a milestone in 2016
2015. What a year! Turned 40 and moved the family three provinces away. What else happened? It’s taking me a bit of time to think back and remember exactly what went down this past year. Is it because my mind is not as sharp as it used to be? My wife would probably agree with that. Why is it that as I get older, time passes at a dizzying pace?
I still remember being 12 years old, wanting so bad to be 16. It meant driver’s license and freedom! Then at 16 I wanted so bad to be 18. Time was moving so slooooowly!
Then it happened. I turned 18, 19, and 25 then all of a sudden I’m 30! Whoa now, what the heck is going on here! My 20’s were a blur. And then I had kids. One day I’m changing diapers in the middle of the night, next thing I’m driving them to their jobs. Where does the time go? Excuse me while I grab a tissue and wipe away my tears.
By sharing my stories in the Pilipino Express for the better part of a decade, I hope you’ve enjoyed little glimpses of my life. My wife and kids have been implicated many times over, and thankfully they haven’t objected to having their stories shared with you all.
2016. I have a feeling this will be an interesting year. What are going to be this year’s headlines? Who will be President? Will Justin Trudeau ever return my calls? Will we find life on Mars? Who knows?
What are your New Years’ resolutions? Here are my Top five:
I know it’s cliché but I want to be healthier. I want to eat better and I may even take up jogging.
Reality - It’s been years since I’ve ran further than from the car to the mall entrance. I’m going to get winded and I will probably swear the whole time. Plus the fact that it’s hilly here, I’ll probably give up very quickly. The good news is, what goes up, must come down. I could just roll downhill.
Remove the negativity from my life. For some time now, something about Facebook was bugging me. Yes, it was great to see friends, family and their kids growing up, but for every good story, there seemed to be considerably more sad, mad or negative stories. It would seem that most people rant, just because they can. Instead of “unfriending” them and answering angry text messages, it was easier to leave.
Reality – Facebook is a way of life for so many people. It is amazing that we can feel connected with friends and family from a distance. I mean, isn’t it amazing that we have constant updates on what people are eating and how many poops Jimmy banged out in a day? Sorry for the visual.
Go somewhere I’ve never been before. As you know, it’s been over a year since I moved to beautiful British Columbia. There is plenty to see and do in my own proverbial backyard. I’m surrounded by mountains and ocean. How great is that?
Reality – I’m surrounded by mountains and ocean, which means I’ll be climbing or running up and downhill. Remember what I said about running? Being on Vancouver Island, I am surrounded by water, which means if I want to head over to the mainland, I’m spending dolla-dolla bills to get there. My kids need to learn how to swim.
Work less, play more. My job keeps me busy. Most weeks I’m pulling in long hours. Thankfully, I still have time to play with the kids. Before you know it, they won’t want to spend time with their dear old dad.
Reality – I’m not getting younger. I value my time with my kids. But by doing so, I’m spending more time with my chiropractor and physiotherapist. My back just isn’t the same anymore.
Don’t be too proud to see my doctor regularly. Who knows my body better than me? If I feel off, go see the doctor. If I feel like my mole is starting to grow a pair of eyes, go see the doctor. You get what I’m putting down?
Reality – I’m 40. That’s when doctors start exploring parts of my body that shouldn’t be explored. Just sayin’.
Like I said, 2016 will be an interesting year.
Dale is the director of communications for a school district in British Columbia and continues to submit articles from afar.