So about this time last year, I set out on a mission to make my life different than it was.
I felt that I had gotten into somewhat of a rut and thought that if I challenged myself to do something different every day throughout 2017. Here’s a quote from this year’s initial post where I introduce the concept,
“By challenging my own personal status quo, I’m hoping to shake things up and jolt myself out of my all too familiar comfort zone where I’ve felt somewhat trapped for too long.”
I started the year strong and did different things each day – some small – shopping in a different store, taking a different route to a familiar place, trying a new food, adopting a different pastime.
Some of the bigger accomplishments included: starting to learn a different language, applying for jobs, accomplishing a bucket list item (or two), firing a client, trying new things like going to Mardi Gras and doing my first Amazing Race event. Getting over my fear of motorcycles, making new friends, to reconnecting with my favourite teacher… ever! I wrote a song, spent a whole month in Canada, travelled a lot, found a great job, applied for my Aussie citizenship and made, even more, new friends.
It was a heck of a commitment to expect to do something different every day, so I’m sorry to say that I wasn’t able to do that. However, in my defence I had some very big things happen to me that were out of my control and certainly constituted “different”.
My marriage hit an ultimate low point a few months back and I thought it was over. I was told I needed gallbladder surgery. And, our beloved Buzzie died just two weeks ago.
So, when I think back on life a year ago, yes, things are very different today. My life is considerably different. I am different. And some of these changes are positive and life-enhancing and some of them are challenging and require some big adjustments.
But, if my goal was to shake things up a bit and get out of my status quo, it was certainly accomplished.
Most of it I’m happy to have had changed, some of it, I’d be happy to have skipped thanks. Some of it, I’ll just have to get used to.
I guess that is life. There is good, there is bad. Some things improve, some get worse. There are wonderful accomplishments and huge setbacks.
The only guaranteed constant in all of it is change.
Don’t get me wrong, I love change. Just not all of it!
So, what will I do this year? I don’t know yet.