Let’s just ignore the fact that it’s been more than two weeks since my last post, shall we? Home renovations are progressing (at long last), and they’ve preoccupied me. Also, I’ve been preparing to head back to school for another semester, which just started today. At the moment I’m signed up for geography and an English course on drama. In case you were wondering how last semester went, I took three classes and got two A’s and one A-, which I am very happy with. But enough with the housekeeping.Today is my 38th birthday. For the past few years my birthdays have triggered something of an existential crisis. It’s very easy to fall into the trap of thinking that surely I should be wiser, more grounded and more accomplished at this point in my life. To help myself overcome this intense birthday navel-gazing, I like to set some personal intentions. It’s a way to give myself that direction I’m craving. It’s also a way to honour the fact that I have a whole new year stretched out before me, and I can use it however I see fit. Instead of lamenting what I haven’t done in the past year (or the past 38 years), I’m going to think about what I want to do.
For the past few years I’ve made birthday resolutions. I’ve had about a 50/50 success rate. I think that’s to be expected, especially given that things change over the course of a year. Still, even at a 50/50 success rate, I’m bringing a whole lot of things into my life that I didn’t have the year before. I believe it’s still a worthwhile exercise regardless of how it turns out, because it gives me a chance to focus on reflect, and think about what I want more of in my life. So without further ado, here’s my list for this year.
What I Will do at 38
- Finish up the renovations that have taken almost a year, and then resist the urge to make even more home improvements.
- Go running.
- Spend more time with my hands in the dirt.
- Buy a bicycle.
- Volunteer in a middle school.
- Learn how to use my camera.
- Finish my prerequisites so that I can apply for teacher training.
- Nap more often.
- Laugh more.
- Apply for teacher training.
- Try kayaking.
- Practice forgiveness of myself and others.
- Drink even more herbal tea.
- Eat more leafy greens.
- Take some mini vacations with my family.
- Not beat myself up if I don’t do everything on this list.
What do you want to do with your next year on earth? I love it if you’d play along in honour of my birthday!