Monday, June 1, 2015

If I Were a Business, I Might Celebrate ...

the fact that in a month I will begin my 60th year of life. I marked the 50th year by compiling a list of 50 things to do to commemorate the year. I did manage to do most of them; it just took me a decade. (I really should update that list to note the last couple I've managed to complete.) I need to be realistic here and accept that 60 things is a bunch too many to tackle. I want this to be fun, not something I feel that I have to, must, accomplish. I don't want it to become an obligation.

Having spent some time this past spring purging and re-packing my studio, work space, call-it-what-you-will room, I am thinking that a list of 12 things, one for each month, is much more do-able. It also means that I could commit (as much as I commit to anything) to working my way through all 12 before I say hello to age 60 13 months from now. I'm even open to having other-than-creative things on the list. Charlottesville Ten Miler, anyone?

Specific ideas? I discovered while re-orging that I have more wine labels and corks/stoppers than I thought. I also still have a large batch of papers collected on trips to Europe, Asia, and Australia. I have a box of things--spoons, eyeglass frames, bottle caps--collected on those same trips. I found my supply of sun-printing stuff. Somewhere in our garage is a someone-else's-garage-sale table loom I've never set up. Heck! I'm even open to obtaining any needed supplies and trying something completely new. If I'm going to do this, I just want to have the list of 12 developed by June 30.


1 comment:

Debi said...

I was sooooo happy to see you'd posted when I opened up my folder of "first tier" blogs this morning! I was just thinking yesterday that one of the first things I needed to do when we finally put this school year to rest is to write you a letter. Which of course, will come at a perfect time to send along with your birthday gift. I, of course, absolutely LOVE this idea!!! Any chance you can be convinced to show/tell us about your progress throughout the year? I like the idea of your using the 10-mile run. No reason to stick to only the creative part of you, right? I think it would be awesome if the criteria was more like 12 things that will bring you joy and/or fulfillment (which of course can be defined in so many different ways, all legitimately so). Anyway, I am so eager to hear what you come up with!
Totally unrelated (though it would be a cool place for some added documentation of your journey), are you on Instagram? I've searched with every permutation of your name I could think of but can't find you, so am guessing you're not. So consider this a strong nudge. ;)