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Well it’s January 1.

Every post on social media lately seems to have been about how 2023 was such a horrible year, and it kind of was, but was it any worse than the preceding horrible years? I don’t know. I don’t remember the last time I reached December 31 and thought “what a good year that was.”

Depressing, honestly.

Let’s look forward though. Do I expect 2024 to be a good year? On a macro, big picture level – absolutely the fuck not. It’s an election year, and I don’t want to talk about politics but I’ll leave it at this – I am terrified of this election. On a personal level – I don’t know. I try not to get my hopes up. “Life is pain, princess. Anyone who tells you differently is selling something.”

I don’t do resolutions, as they always ended up just being a way to make myself feel like a failure. But for this year I am setting a simple goal, an intention – fence more. If I go to practice more than twice, I win. If I fence in more than two battles at Pennsic, I win. This goal feels almost too easy, too achievable – but it’s also a goal I need to set. Since my last hand surgery in 2022 I have fenced so little, and I miss it so much. So here I am saying it out loud – I will fence more this year.

A sword with a black hilt and a dagger with a red hilt

One response to “Intention”

  1. […] prompt for January 1 was “Resolution” – the photo I included on my post yesterday of my swords was my answer to that. As I said, I don’t do resolutions, but my intention for […]

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