|Kevin M Klerks||
This is going to be an interesting blog, at least for me, interesting in what I will come up with to write about. In 2019 one of my goals is to write in this blog, at least, once per week. I do not know if the content will be inspiring or just plain boring. I plan on going with the flow, which is a bit of an oxymoron as 'going with the flow' implies you do not have 'a plan'. Yeah, this is going to be interesting.
Let me begin by writing about 2019. It is going to be a year of change for everyone on this planet. A good year, a great year, a freaking positively awesome year! Finally! Those of us 'old folks' who have had to wade through the social crap of the last couple years will finally begin to see the world awakening to a new dawn. All I can say is - thank goodness! I know, I know, you all expected me to say 'thank god' but that would mean I identify 'god' as a being separate from everyone and everything. I do not. I am a Pantheist still, and 'god' is all around us and within us and is us. That's the long and the short of it.
I have decided on four main goals, or things to carry in my backpack, on my journey down the path I will take in 2019. First, as you know if you know me, my "work / career" is not really important to me. My "job" pays the bills and that is all. I am tired of the drama, the backstabbing, the stress that is involved in management, and while some day my life may again require me to enter into the ranks, for now I have no desire. I work simply to pay my bills to enjoy life and to pursue those things I want more out of life - my four main goals.
Goal number one - my writing.
I have been told for many many years that I am somewhat of a good writer, particularly creative fiction (or roleplay as many know it as in my circle of online friends). I have, at the same level, rejected it from being a significant part of my life. Not so much the roleplay stories but writing itself.
And there is a reason for that.
It is my allowance of negativity and drama to enter into my life through the game I play online, the one that for several years I have written roleplay stories about. Too often, and my closest friends will attest to this, people bring their petty dramas and opinions into the game and try to influence people's writings to suit their own likes and dislikes. And allowing myself to be affected by this is not staying true to my convictions as a fictional writer.
This will change in 2019.
Goal number two - my photography.
I am, once I can afford it, seriously considering getting a newer camera. I currently own a Nikon Coolpix P510. The P510 was released February 1, 2012, around the same year I bought it. It has been an awesome camera and has served me well over the last 6 years. But as the time passes the quality of pictures seem to be declining. It could be from age, or from the pixels. It has about half the pixels of many smartphones today and it shows. I just checked the price of it online, Nikon has archived the model info by the way, but it is selling on Amazon for about half of what I paid for it years ago. This past Christmas I opted to use my smartphone, a Samsung S8, to take many of the photos of holiday cheer in the house, instead of my camera.
A new camera will cost me in the range of about $650 (to make it worth it). I have been considering the Nikon D3500 but I just don't have the money right now to invest. I know you will read in this blog I recently donated about $300 to a variety of groups, but to me those were "worthy investments". I will be able to afford this camera by summer, probably when I will want to take a camera outside again and take pics. This summer I want to travel to a number of the more 'spiritual' locations throughout south-western Ontario and a decent camera would be helpful. Maybe I should crowdfund? Just kidding!
Goal number three - mentoring and teaching.
About a month or so ago I met a young woman, yes I am attracted to her but it goes far beyond the ego and physical. After a couple brief conversations we discovered we share a lot of the same beliefs and views of the world and the future of humanity and ourselves. She is in the process of trying to write a book about her life and I have offered my assistance, both with the writing and the organization of her thoughts into a draft people will want to read. Of course they will want to read it, the topics we have discussed are fascinating and I think people will want to read how these things have shaped her life into the person she is today. Aside from that is my ability to share my thoughts and experiences with her, in a mentoring type role. To achieve this role that the fates have placed me in, I will simply talk about my life and my experiences, and in doing so, learn more about her (and myself).
The reason I mention this goes back to the late nineties. It was way back then that I had an albeit brief, job as a trainer at my workplace in the US. I would conduct instructional classes with new employees on the ins and outs of the company they had just applied and been accepted to. It was a great job and I found out that my style of teaching the class inspired one of the employees to not only stick with the company but to excel into a career as a manager. I loved walking into a classroom of eager minds all wanting to know what I had to teach them about the policies and procedures. It was a dull course overall but I tried to make it fun and open. I think I succeeded.
I would love to find myself in that role again, maybe not in a workplace environment (since most trainers are being replaced by cold impersonal computers with sad versions of reality in five minute clips). I am talking more in a guiding and listening role. Not a professional position, just an ear, a soundboard, a friend for people to talk to, and, hopefully in doing so, they will resolve their problems or see a new path to walk down in life. I don't want to just hear about boring day to day work related crap either. I want to, even if for only fifteen minutes, get to know them as a person. To hear and respond to their concerns and to provide a view from 'outside the box'.
And goal number four, which takes some of the qualities of mentoring/teaching, is - politics.
Now I know I have avoided this topic from around 2010 until 2017 because it is filled with so much drama, bias and backstabbing. I quite frankly do not want to get too involved, say as a candidate or the like, but rather as the role I have now, a group president or leader. Now here's the rub. While I don't want to get 'too involved' I am, maybe my own opinion, pretty darn good at it. I can do things like create campaigns, write marketing ads and documents, and, when motivated, walk into a room of people and introduce my ideas and information to them.
I think I should have continued to pursue a career in politics years ago but there is a part of me that doesn't want to stay in one place or one path for too long. I get, you could say, bored, and need to find new things to experience. It is why I took a job in Nunavut, and why I packed up a van and drove to Pacific Rim, and why I quit my job of six years and started a bookstore by following signs and the law of attraction. There is so much more to life than just work and money.
Those are my goals for 2019 - to pursue, to explore, to develop, to learn, to conquer, these four things I will load in my backpack for the journey.
Freelance Online Writer, Amateur Photographer, Founding Member PPC Huron-Bruce EDA Initiative.