Intern Jimi’s New Year’s Resolutions: Rediscovering My Passions

by: Jimi The Intern
December 30, 2017

Making New Year’s resolutions was never my forte.

I mean, two years ago, I resolved to drink more beer. Good one, 2016 Jimi, you did that in spades.

Last year, I got a little bit better and resolved to travel more, but unfortunately 2017 Jimi fell flat in achieving those goals. The furthest I got in 2017 was the Outer Banks.

Now, fast forward to 2018, and I think I finally have this resolution thing down.

This year will be all about rediscovering passions that I’ve let fall by the wayside as I’ve gotten older.

For 2018 I resolve to:

Get back in the pool

Growing up, swimming was my sport.

I loved getting into the water and ripping off a hundred or so laps like it was nothing.

Regrettably, it’s been a while since I’ve done my last flip turn or freestyle stroke. I miss how the first jump into the water would energize me for a good workout, and how accomplished I felt after getting out of the pool.

I’ve been itching to workout more, and I figured finding my passion for swimming again could help me get back into a regular exercise routine.

Starting in the first week of 2018 I resolve to swim 75 laps at least three days a week.

Watch less Netflix and read more

Every night when I want to wind down, I always turn on an old sitcom so I can turn off my brain.

Right now, I’m rewatching The Office for probably the fourth time in the last two years.

For this year, instead of watching one of the many shows I’ve already watched, I want to knock off a bunch of books I have on my reading list.

There is currently a stack of books the size of a small child sitting on my bedroom floor, and I would like to finish all of them by this time next year.

Reading was always a passion of mine. While other kids in college and high school were spark and cliff noting, I was always the one eager to dive into the book.

First up, The One Who Hit The Hardest. 

Break out my violin

Yep, Intern Jimi was once Fiddler Jimi.  (Also, check out that hair. Maybe that should be a 2018 resolution?)

When I was younger, my violin went everywhere with me. From family vacations to church retreats, it was always by my side.

I would practice consistently, and I was even in a few Serbian folklore bands throughout high school.

Now, it’s very rare that I pick up my fiddle, and I really do miss it.

For me, playing the violin was more about keeping my Serbian culture alive than it was reading notes on a page.

I taught myself dozens of traditional Serbian songs just by listening to old records, cassettes, and CDs. I’ve recently discovered a few more tapes I missed, and I’m excited to learn some new songs.

Maybe I can even get the old band back together with my cousins by next year, too.

As I say look back on 2017, I can say it’s been a pretty damn good year, but I can’t wait to see what 2018 has in store for me.

Cheers and have a Happy New Year!

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