Tomorrow I turn 31. Or maybe you’re reading this tomorrow and I am 31, in which case I’d just like to say “hi” future people. It was a big year for me. I left a career and started a new one. I’ve asked millions of questions of myself and this crazy world and have gotten a few ideanswers back (see below) - of course those ideanswers lead to more questions, which is most definitely The Point. I’ve had my fits and starts with this blog. Almost like clockwork I get really into it and then I fizzle and just want to stop altogether. But yesterday I was looking through old posts and could clearly remember the phases I went through at different points in time – which I used to think was a junior high girl thing but am starting to realize it’s a life thing. I’m enjoying the phase I’m in right now. It’s marked by lots of letting go and following my instincts and choosing positivity. Lots to look forward to this year (including a trip to Europe!!) and, you guessed it, plentiful question-asking.
I’m currently reading Seeing is Forgetting the Name of the Thing One Sees which is quite perfect to be reading as I head into my 30+ years:
“We tag our renaissances at the highest level of performance, whereas it’s really fairly clear to me that once the question is raised, the performance is somewhat inevitable, almost just a mopping-up operation, merely a matter of time. Now, I’m not anti-performance, but I find it very precarious for a culture only to be able to measure performance and never be able to credit the questions themselves.” Robert Irwin
1) You are built a certain way. Know and accept what that means and don’t compromise it.
2) Stretch before and after you go running.
3) Get in your life.
4) Everyone has an agenda. Always know what’s at stake for the person giving you advice or feeding you information.
5) Put your head down and work.
6) Find your people. It makes all the difference.
7) You don’t always have to explain yourself.
8) Everyone is a little mad – and the maddest of them all are the ones who appear to have it all together.
9) Pretty and beauty are two completely different things. Pretty is a waste of time.
10) Every once in a while it’s good to take a 10,000 ft. look at your life and the things you spend time on and re-assess and re-adjust.
11) Regret is real. Take responsibility.
12) There is no catching up.
13) Good people do bad things. It does not make the bad things ok.
14) Be guided by compassion and truth.
15) You can never get back the time you spent Pinning “stuff”.
16) You can never get back the time you spent complaining.
17) You can never get back the time you spent talking about other people.
18) Life is in the details. Details are the why. Why is the most important question.
19) What’s most important to you? Spend time on that.
20) Freedom is worthy of going against popular opinion and advice.
21) Passion is the difference.
22) In our globally connected world there are very few ”right” answers.
*I take zero credit for these ideanswers. It was through reading other people’s work that this list came to be (except for the stretching one which came to be through my own painful research – twice).