I have a few corrections I would like to get out of the way before diving into my first column of 2018.

First of all, I’ve since seen Star Wars the Last Jedi and I thought it was tremendous. I know there are plenty of people giving the movie guff but I didn’t see what they are complaining about.

Also, I forgot to mention Atypical, which was one of, if not my favourite, television show of the year. It’s a Netflix original about a kid with autism and his family. I enjoyed it enough to watch it more than once all the way through, which isn’t typical for me, unless it’s a sitcom I can half ignore while I eat.

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I also feel it necessary to mention Binging With Babish, a YouTube channel I never miss. Basically, it’s a dude who cooks food from pop culture, like the red sauce from Goodfellas or waffles from Stranger Things. However, his voice sounds like honey-soaked liquid gold… if that makes any sense. Seriously, give this guy a listen. He apparently does a podcast where he reads bedtime stories and I am half-tempted to give it a go.

Now that that’s out of the way, on with the column.

Since 2018 just began, it’s time to set some goals for myself. Generally speaking, I don’t have goals. It’s partly because I am lazy but I am also highly petrified of failure, so not trying keeps my brain calm. Sure it ruins most of the rest of my life, but hey, it’s just the rest of my life, right? I’m not calling them New Year’s resolutions because I intend on making permanent changes to my life, but it is the new year and I am making a resolution so… call them whatever you want.

First of all, I am keeping a positive mental attitude (PMA). This has been working for me lately. My life got significantly better when I stopped focusing on everything that is wrong and instead focused on the things that are pretty cool. Sure, it’s easy to be upbeat after the holidays, what with a lingering yuletide hangover, but I’ve been positive for a few months now and the change has been pretty cool. There will obviously be swings in my moods, particularly with my depression and anxiety, but I can handle them. It’s not easy and hardly fun but keeping upbeat makes the downturns easier to deal with.

Secondly, I will maintain my non-horrific diet. In the summer, my diet consisted of everything I could fit in my mouth. Now, it’s pretty much what I’ve described to you folks in a number of columns. No need to bore you again but a lack of junk in my system is helping keep me level. I tried gorging a bit over the holidays, and I did to some extent, but it just didn’t hold that much appeal, or at least not as much as I thought it would. Apparently, happiness doesn’t just come from food.

Thirdly, I will continue to hit the gym as much as possible. I’ve recently started doing two-a-days. I’m not going 150 per cent or anything, so I’m not exactly ready to climb a mountain or anything, but I am staying active and keeping as much of the rust off as possible. Plus, an active me is a happy me so it fits with the PMA.

Anyway, those are my current goals for, well, life and I look forward to adding more. I’m looking forward to a lot actually, and it’s pretty cool.

I’m done now.

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Antigonish native Matt Draper has been a photographer, reporter and columnist for The Reporter since 2003.