2012 is here! Hopefully you've made your resolution list for what you plan to accomplish, change or do this next year. Keeping with the theme of the great outdoors, here are some thoughts I'm pondering;
1. I resolve to work hard to improve my health. The enjoyment of the out of doors is greatly improved when we are fit and healthy. The out of doors also provides a great venue in which to improve our health; hiking, scouting, shed hunting, stream side fishing, biking, and bird or animal watching are just a few of the activities that allow us to enjoy the out of doors, but also can help keep us in shape.
2. I resolve to eat better. I've been working on reducing my intake on those things that impact my health in a negative way. Yes, it's a sacrifice, but in my efforts to continue to be an active outdoorsman I understand that I need to reduce my weight, keep my body in shape, and improve my stamina. I can do this with a combined regimen of exercise and diet. I also want to become less dependent on the prescriptions I am presently taking and know proper diet will allow me to eliminate those costly pills.
3. I resolve to do more to support local efforts to keep our out of doors clean and safe for all to use. There are many organizations that we can find that need the help and assistance of local volunteers to do streamside or lake clean ups, to trim hiking trails, and to help pick up trash in parks and highways. It costs little to participate, allows you to make great friendships and feel great about the contributions you are making to protect our environment.
4. I resolve to clean out my old, little worn little used outdoor gear and apparel. I know there are organizations that can and will donate my "experienced" gear to those in need, whether military veterans or disabled. There is no greater way to assist others than to find a way to allow others to use gear you no longer want or need.
5. I resolve to find ways to increase my outdoor activities with my loved ones. Particularly those grandkids. I know the more time I spend doing outdoor activities with them, the less time they will spend playing video games or watching TV. This quality time also, I hope, will give them the same appreciation I have for the out of doors and will establish a love that will not only last their lifetime, but will be passed down to their children and grandchildren.
Resolve yourself to creating a list of to do's that will provide more enjoyment for you, family and friends in 2012. Best wishes for a great New Year!