I Am J by Cris Beam is a phenomenal book that tells the story of a transgender boy and his struggle to face not only who he is but also who those around him are. I am honored to be part of this blog tour and hope that you enjoy this guest post with the author.
Top Ten New Year’s Resolutions
10. Exercise more. Boring I know. Boring to do, boring to think about, boring to add to the list for the millionth year. Just look at the word resolution. Re-solution. It’s the same answer to the same old problem.
9. Make up more new words. Or their etymology. Like re-solution.
8. Ruffle up the courage to publish some poetry. ‘Nuff said. There’s reams of it, quivering on my computer, too afraid to come out.
7. Learn to bake. Oh, and generate enough patience to actually measure stuff.
6. Make more time for friends; the work will always be there. (Maybe one day, I could actually give friends some baked goods.)
5. Take a salsa class.
4. Play the piano. I have a full-sized electronic keyboard that takes up a lot of space in my apartment that I can’t bear to part with, but that I truly never, ever play. My cat toys with the keys more than I do.
3. Stop exaggerating. It’s the curse of the writer: we tell stories. Plus, we want to be liked. But making the fish that much bigger or an anecdote that much funnier, warps memory and integrity. So I try to catch each little slip.
2. Be kinder. Especially on the inside. Trust me, if you lived in my skull and heard the cruelty I can self-generate, you’d want to sneak out the ear canal or something.
1. Learn from the dog. My dog Sami might be one of the smartest beings I know. Well, that’s not quite true (see resolution 3). But he is kind, and he does exercise, and he makes time for friends without even thinking about work. And he’d happily eat anything I burned or botched in my attempts to learn to bake.
So what do you think? What are your top New Years resolutions? Do you agree with any of Cris'?