On New Year's Eve, my friend picked up the guitar my brother had loaned me on Christmas day, and showed me more than I ever knew before about actually playing a guitar. When he then asked if I wanted to try, I figured "why not?" Seeing as how I went to all the trouble to say "I'd like to learn to play the guitar" and all. Not
to mention my brother being kind enough to loan it to me. Might as well jump in, right?
A minute later when he allowed as how I would have to press down harder if I wanted to get any quality sound in exchange for my effort, there was much whining and shrieking. Babies, have you ever tried this? It actually hurts!
So now I'm all, "Maybe I don't want to learn to play the guitar, after all! I used to be okay at the piano. Maybe I should get myself a keyboard and head back in that direction again...
But maybe, instead, I have to give it more of an effort than that. After all, lots of things are hard when we start them. Right? Maybe quitting after the first sign of discomfort pain would be a reflection of weakness on my part. Or? Maybe I don't really care all that much.
So do I really want to learn to play the guitar? 2011 is the year to find out!
2011 is ALSO the year to find out:
- What it feels like to completely transform my body.
- Whether a week of eating only vegan food makes me feel that much better than I feel when I skip the sugar for a week.
- What it feels like to traipse around Europe for a month.
- What it finally feels like to shoot pool and win more simultaneous games than I lose.
- How amazing it feels to finally launch the business website I've been passively working on for nearly two years.
- Whether or not I really want to get my nose pierced, or if I'm just a little enamored of my friends who sport that tiny glint of sparkle?
In October of 2010, I made a list of 110 things I thought it would be awesome to do in my lifetime. There was also a companion list of 15 things that didn't make the Life List but which are surely interesting and intriguing. And a bonus Don't Feel Bad list of 21 things that would have made it onto the list, had I made such a list years ago, and which I have actually done during my lifetime.
You've never seen my Life List because every time I look at it, I think one thing is stupid or another thing is ludicrous, and I think of 3 more things I want to put on there. Apparently My Life List is an evolving array of deliciousness I'm not yet sure what to do with, where my blog is concerned.
Doesn't matter. What matters is that 2010 was the year I bothered to take a long, hard look at what things I have actually accomplished, and which things are still waiting for me to explore.
Now, like many of you, I'm reevaluating my goals. Only this time, instead of making a list of In 2011 I'm Going To resolutions, I'm doing some painstaking work related to what it takes to carry dreams and goals beyond the realm of possibility, with actual accomplishment. I've discovered that it takes far more than JUST that initial effort of writing them down.
Still, writing them down matters. It's just a first step, but it's an important first step.
My Life List makes me happy. It makes me happy because I finally have a helpful examination tool - shedding light on what my ideal life looks like, how far I've come, where I'm going, and what gets to chnage. Some of the items on the list? Well, they've been popping up for far too long. It's time to look at them this year.
You'll hear about these 7 things again in the blog. I'm not calling them resolutions. I'm not calling them anything really. But I'm going to hang out with them and make them my friends. Then discover how it feels to keep them really, really close, focusing on them and working toward them and enjoying the exploration of having these things in my life.
I do believe that 2011 shall be a very fine year of discovery.
Want to share any of your own anticipated discoveries for this year? I'd love to have the company...