Chris’ Midterm Report Card aka All Downhill From Here!
This past week marks the halfway point on my betterment safari, and it would seem appropriate to take stock of what I’ve done so far. Honestly, I’m dreading this – while there’s been lots of useful self-reflection, I’ve made less progress in the area of meaningful action. In my defense, my path to betterment was obstructed by that 3-month stint in the US, working on a TV show about cops busting college co-eds for making bad choices. As I recorded one poor topless girl vomiting into a dumpster, I tried to work back through the life choices that had gotten me to that unique moment, as I’m sure she was too. Any differences between us could be reduced to this – she had neither a shirt nor her dignity, whereas I, at least, had a shirt.
I digress. As one great philosopher once said “Do, or do not. There is no try”, so I will dispense with excuses. I’ve dusted off the Better MAN-ifesto, in which I laid out the steps I’d take to be better, and now we’ll see how many of them I’ve taken.
PROJECT “MY BAD”
- I will retrace my steps and re-visit my mistakes (there are a few), fix what I can, and own what I can’t.
GRADE: PASS – I have no job, I’ve sold my house, I cashed in RSPs to pay bills, and my ex-girlfriend has taken every cent I have. Mistakes are just about the only things I own these days.
- I will be harsh and unsentimental in my self-assessment.
GRADE: PASS – as a villian in the movie “3:10 to Yuma” said “It takes a big man to see how small he is”
- I will seek counsel from people I KNOW have an opinion on how I could be better.
GRADE: PASS – Reaching out to people to have them tell me what they think of me – check. Reaching out to people to have them tell me what they think of me without clothes on? Check. A pass if there ever was one.