I’ve always found that choosing happiness isn’t as easy as it sounds. Thanks to a good friend for sharing this quote. You know who you are and why I love it so.
“When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.”
- John Lennon
A few weeks ago I posted on Facebook, “Instead of New Year’s Resolutions, I think I’m just going to make a list of 12 things I want to do in 2011.”
I received some positive feedback and comments from friends that they’d like to do the same thing. I’m a very goal-oriented person but find that between work and family life, I’ve got enough pressures on my plate. So instead of holding myself to yet another list of semi-attainable or unattainable resolutions, I’m focused on pushing myself to try new things in 2011. Change is my theme for the year, and pushing myself to actually try new things is a good start. (Given how late this post is, and anyone who knows me won’t be surprised by that, perhaps “Being on Time” should be one of my new things to try!)
Here’s the start of my list – I want to try at least 12 new things – one a month. I don’t feel I need to post all 12 right now – they may change. But I’ll try to be better at sharing timely updates as I go.
- Learn to play the guitar – or at least take some lessons
- Get back to writing the book I’ve had planned (and started) for over a decade
- Virtually train with my brother (serving in Afghanistan) and run a marathon with him once he’s back (May 28, Traverse City, MI!) – with a new PR, of course.
- Learn to take better photos with my beautiful Canon camera better – and not be afraid to post my experiments.
What new things would you like to do in 2011?