The following proves that there is a little Dick Nixon in all of us...
I’m not a New Year’s Resolution type of guy. Mostly because I have my life in (relative) order. I work for myself and I like it. I don’t have piles of high interest credit card debt. I've been a runner since I was a kid; it keeps me both sane and fit.
But here’s this funny thing—I’ve always been one of those “turn the other cheek” types. It works for me. Recently, however, I have been going over things and people that have pissed me off—major and minor—over the course of my whole life. Is this repressed anger? Some latent volcanic eruption that I just can't hold in anymore?
Beats me, but here it is, a partial list of long forgotten enemies & their crimes:
1. The people who beat up my brother in high school because he was gay (I don’t even know their names!).
2. Reviewers for the Comics Journal who don’t like my work.
3. An old girlfriend who boffed a clown behind my back. Yes, the guy was literally a clown!
That’s enough of that. We could all make similar lists that go on and on and on. The question is: Why do I care now? This is stuff that happened decades ago, for the most part!
I’m fond of saying hindsight is 50/50. I know, it’s really “hindsight is 20/20”. Somehow, I think the 50/50 works better here. I leave it to the reader to ponder that one.
This brings me to my New Year’s Resolution for 2006. I’ve finally realized what I need to do! I will compose a detailed ENEMIES LIST.
Then I will promptly throw it away.