Well, it has been quite an interesting year, hasn’t it? This is my annual review and audit to reflect back on how things went in 2016. This is now the second time that I’m creating this style of report to check in on how things went throughout the year. If you’re interested in reading the 2015 year-end report, you can do that here. Otherwise, onward! Cover photo by Rita Farmer.
I sat in the back seat of a maroon 1986 Dodge Caravan, complete with the classic fake wood panels. It was a six-hour road trip from Ann Arbor to Louisville, and I found myself entertained by my Nintendo Gameboy. No, not the color one, the original black and white one. It took about an hour or so of Metroid until I looked up and projectile vomited into the unoccupied middle seats. Somewhere around Dayton, Ohio, in fact.
Since about 2009 or so, I’ve written down New Year’s resolutions in my Moleskine notebooks. I’d draw sketches and write down my aspirations for the upcoming year, such as financial goals, health and weight-loss goals, and so on and so forth.
The problem was that upon completing the list of dreams and aspirations, I would move on to the next page in the book and not look at them again until years later. Whoops.
I proceeded to do this for maybe… three years? Looking back through my notebook makes for some laughable reading. Many of the 2009 resolutions seem to magically reappear on the subsequent year’s list. I can’t imagine why.
Goals have a way of evaporating when left unattended.
2015 has been different.
This may seem a little out of left field, but music has always been a big part of my life. I’ve enjoyed playing piano since age eleven, singing in various a cappella groups in high school and college, producing everything from hip-hop to blues, and beyond.
One of the most memorable experiences of my life was a time in my early 20’s when I was working as an audio technician with my friend Pete. We were the sound engineers for an NCAA gymnastics semi-finals tournament at Crisler Arena in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
With every new beginning, there is an opportunity to create, craft and hone our practice. Today, is that opportunity for me. I’m Anthony Ongaro and I am
going to change changing the world. I believe in kindness, learning from mistakes, and putting our ideas out there.
I want us all to live better lives, together. We can do that by living in the present, and aligning our short-term actions with our long term values. I’m here to help us all do that, so thank you for reading. If I can help you, please let me know.