Year-Long Commitments

Sometimes it feels as long as 365 days

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Year-Long Commitment

People make year-long commitments all the time, sometimes repeatedly. Consider these common 12-month endeavors.

  • Taking out a magazine subscription
  • Signing up for a sports club membership in mid-January
  • Going to school
  • Paying taxes while working 40 hours per week or more at a job

See, they’re all bad things. That’s why it’s so difficult to finally commit to something for a year or more. Embarking on this reading program is, to be completely frank, a little scary. I will need to read around one book each week, with no time off for good behavior. But just like signing up for a sports club, the benefits will outweigh the costs. I mean, taking out a magazine subscription, not going to a sports club. Sorry.

My Year With the Mouse
My Year With the Mouse

There are other people who are also engaging in a full year’s worth of repetitive activities, and are going the extra mile to blog about it. One such person right here in my homeland of Orange County is Shelby Hogan, a stay-at-home mom who will spend one year not really staying at home at all. She has committed to “do everything there is to do at Disneyland” in just one year. I picked reading, she picked Disneyland. I made the right choice. I made the right choice. I made the right choice.

Anyway, you can follow her adventures on her frequently-updated website, myyearwiththemouse.com. Stop by and encourage her. It can’t be easy visiting the happiest place on earth day in and day out.

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Tim Patrick is a software architect and developer with more than 30 years of experience in designing and building custom software solutions. He is the author of multiple books on Microsoft technologies, and was selected as a Microsoft MVP for his support to the programming community. Tim earned his degree in computer science from Seattle Pacific University.

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