Sunshine’s Goals for 2020

It’s that time of year again, the time where we watch other people making all kinds of resolutions and inevitably failing to keep most of them, if not all of them.

I like resolutions. Even if you don’t achieve them, the effort you put into achieving them makes you a better person. Even if I don’t eat healthier all year long, I benefit every time I don’t eat junk food. I may not get a six pack by April, but every time I worked out improved my health! The benefit of a resolution comes not in attaining the extremely arbitrary goal we set, but in the process by which we try to reach those goals! The benefit isn’t all-or-nothing, either. The benefits are accumulative. Every effort counts, whether you reach your target or not.

Tho’ I never arrived at the perfection I had been so ambitious of obtaining, but fell far short of it, yet I was, by the endeavour, a better and a happier man than I otherwise should have been if I had not attempted it.

Benjamin Franklin

In this spirit, I’ve decided to make a list of goals for the upcoming year:

#1: Read a Book a Month, Every Month.

I’ve been going on & on about reading more for a while, now is the time to put up or shut up. Check my Library page to see what I’m up to. I have a suggestion box on that page, feel free to give me some reading suggestions.

#2: Get My Home Gym Set Up by March 1.

I’m letting the gym membership lapse. It was awesome, but expensive, and I have to re-examine my current clash flow. The kids’ sleep is getting more and more regular, and the wife’s work schedule recently changed, meaning that I will have half of my garage open when I’m awake and the kids are down. I’ve had a sandbag for a while, so all I really need is a set of gymnast rings and I’m in business. Maybe also a space heater…

#3: Take a Pistol Class.

I recently looked into the available training at a local indoor range and it is cheap! Like $100 for a 4-hour sims class cheap. This is suddenly very accessible, in terms of both time & money.

#4: Pay Off Credit Card Debt.

Credit cards are the devil. What? You thought his whole list was gun stuff?

#5: Finish My List of ‘Preps’ in my Real-World Prepping Series.

I’ve been working on it for like 6 months now, it’s time to get this thing sorted out.

#6: Compete in 2 or More Shooting Competitions.

I basically took 2019 off from competitions after Desert Brutality. It was a great event, a little on the pricey side, and I’m glad that I did it. I decided to take a bit of a break and use that ammo & match fee money on other stuff. Not that life ‘got in the way’, but things more important than gun competitions came along. Now that life has settled down, I’m in a position to start hitting the range more and getting in touch with my inner Gamer Gary.

#7: Get a First-Round-on-Target Time Under 1.5s, From Concealment.

We all need standards. Standards and metrics are how we know our capabilities and track our progress. This standard may be a bit on the easy side, but I’ll wait till I’m on the range to make that determination. I’m also not sure what I’m going to consider “on target”. A B-8 at 5 yards? A USPSA A-zone at 10 yards? I need to get to a range and really flesh this one out. I know that I want it to be a little on the fast side, and I want it to be from concealment (because I don’t open carry in my day-to-day), but the acceptable target size and distance remain TBD.

#8: Get My Suit Tailored, or Just a New Suit (But Still Tailored).

Shouts to my boy over at The Suited Shootist. He keeps making me feel bad about my lack of correctly fitting attire. This is something I’ve been meaning to do for a while, but just haven’t gotten around to yet. My suit and all my blazers/sport jackets are a couple years old, and none of them fit anymore. To be perfectly honest they didn’t fit correctly at the time, but now it’s even worse. I’m also financially at a place where I can afford to get some tailoring done, not that it should cost much anyway.

Wrapping Up

I don’t know if there is any sort of unifying theme to these goals, beyond ‘things I really should have taken care of by now’. I’m sure that everyone reading this can relate. If you’ve got something that has been hanging around too long, make 2020 the year that you get rid of it. Finish that task, make that purchase. Take that class, and reach those goals. Even if you don’t succeed in accomplishing everything you set out to do, you will be made better for having attempted it at all. Don’t sit on the sidelines of life. Be the man in the arena!

Challenge yourself, and I’ll see you next Friday. -S_S

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