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New Year, New Whatever

As I have grown older, I have been less impressed with the idea that we can start over on New Year’s Day and transform our lives. A new calendar doesn’t really change anything about us.  We are the same person we were before midnight and resolutions go from transformative to onerous by the end of the month.  With this in mind, I gave them up a couple of years ago.  Instead I use the new calendar to refocus on the things that are important to me.  I am not becoming a ‘new’ me.  I’m the same old me just more mindful of the things that are important to me.  So what does this new year hold for Pastor Mouse?  I’m glad you asked.

Big plans for 2019 here!

In April I will be visiting my third Disney Resort when the Princess and I arrive at Disneyland Paris.  I am both excited and a little nervous to be touring my first Disney park in another language.  I have been trying to learn a little French, but have no confidence in my communication skills.  I am hoping that Disney is a universal language.

I will also be attempting my first Disneybounding.  For those of you unfamiliar with the concept, it means dressing like a Disney character without the use of costumes.  Adults are no longer allowed to wear costumes, so people have begun to improvise.  So far, I’ve got a really cute Mickey outfit to wear.  I’m still working on what else I might do.

There are also a lot of Disney films coming out this year.

  • “Toy Story 4” is what I’m personally most excited for.  Every movie in this franchise has gotten progressively better so it’s hard not to be excited for the latest installment.
  • Disney is also releasing three live action / CGI remakes of older animated features.  I have never been excited for these sorts of movies.  Some of them have been very good, some less so.  Quality aside, it feels like Disney is just recycling rather than creating new content which is disappointing.
  • On the Marvel side we get the finale of the Infinity War saga.  While I am excited, there is also a sense of inevitability that the events of the last movie will be undone.  The new Spiderman movie already has publicity so we know that ‘The Snap’ isn’t so very permanent.  Hopefully the journey to the known destination will be interesting.
  • Also on the Marvel side we get “Captain Marvel”.  I am very excited for this one.  Not only do I love movies about powerful women, but Marvel has done a great job minimizing spoilers.  I have no idea what’s going to happen in this movie and I like that.
  • Finally, the Skywalker Saga ends with “Star Wars: Episode 9”.  This has been a long time coming and may be a little bittersweet for me.  The loss of my childhood heroes (one in real life) has been hard.  The end of this grand story of Empire and Rebellion will end a story that has been part of my life since I was 6 years old.

My big project for the year is to work my way through the catalog of Disney animated features in order.  There are (as of today) 57 of them.  It looks to be a long term project that is definitely achievable in a year if I stay focused.  I am hoping to blog as I go along to compare messages, styles, and over arching themes.

What are your plans for the year?  Anything big?  Let me know in the comments.


Moving forward resolutely

Who made New Year’s resolutions?  I didn’t really.  I’m pretty much over the whole “new year, new you” thing.  I don’t believe that getting a new calendar means that I will somehow be more motivated to do the things I should.  Having said that, I am sitting here with a large cup of water next to me.  But in my defense I’ve had this cup on my desk for a couple months.  My goal since the fall has been to fill it with water several times a day.  The new year is just a good excuse to remind myself of that.

The problem with resolutions, for me is the calendar.  January 1st hits and all the changes are supposed to take effect.  I find it is really impossible to change anything until we are back in the school/work routine again.  In fact, this year we were practically snowed in January 1 & 2.  So much for watching less TV and getting to the gym.  But that’s okay.  I didn’t decide to do either of those things.  I didn’t really decide to do anything so spending two days on the couch in bad weather is no big deal.  The one thing I am going to work on this year is my attitude.

As I wrote previously, last year was pretty bad. By the end I was feeling highly negative.   The Princess decided that we needed some guiding principles for getting through 2017 to lift our spirits and keep us (me) from descending into sarcasm and whining.  Our mantra for 2017 is “Kindness & Empathy”.  This is our real resolution.

In 2017 we are resolved to evaluate situations with kindness and empathy first.  This applies to people we meet, situations we see on the news, and (apparently) drivers making questionable choices on the road.  Our hope is that not only will that help us to cope with the stresses and strains of the year to come, but it will also spread out from us and incorporate the people on the receiving end of our kindness.  A little empathy can go a long way toward easing stress.  As Disney has taught us, only love can thaw a frozen heart.  This year we will spread around as much love as we can and see what melts.