Saturday, January 02, 2010

So, 2009, buh bye.

I'm pretty sure every new year, I look back and think the previous one was a huge disappointment, a long trial in frustration, a difficult year overall.  Every year.  Either I am a pessimist, or my life is getting worse.  Or like, both.

Yeah 2009 was weird.  (Next I'll be working on a post for my other blog, a Best & Worst thing, which will illustrate a few bits of weirdness.  You'll like it.)

It was pretty tough but I had a few bright spots.  One was the show put together by my big writers group, in which I stood up and read a story out of our anthology.  I read if for laughs, and I got em.  A few months later, my kids totally rocked their music recital - I mean, my girl child sang and played piano!!!!  Yessss!

Biggest accomplishment: I got my certification. I am officially a riding instructor.

Other than that, I'd have to say I learned a truckload of valuable lessons in 2009.

-Maybe it'd be a good idea to do some cleaning every now and then, like behind things and under things, without waiting until it's time to move house.

-Maybe it'd be good to go through all the drawers and closets regularly.

-sometimes precious stuff really is just garbage.

-Set goals.

-Set goals you can realistically reach.  Then immediately set a new and higher one.

-I am tougher than I thought I was

-But I get tired easily.

-I have no idea what normal people like.

-oh, and also, I don't care.

-I might actually not know how to make money.  It's a different skill than simply working hard.  I can work.  I'm not sure how to make a living.  I worry about this.

-I'm surprisingly good at Floor Finding.

-I need problems because they fuel my fiction writing

-living with your horses gives you opportunities to closely observe them... little actions that appear to be minor can signal a hidden streak of disrespect that could lead to somebody getting hurt.

-friends are hard to leave behind

-money does strange things to people.

-All dogs love to run if given a chance

-Rules are made to be altered

-Sometimes,  a person has to make her own dreams come true.

-my heart can be broken in many ways in a short time

-getting rid of stuff can be very liberating.

And in my next post I plan to tell you all about the two little words that will rule 2010, so be ready.


Astaryth said...

I have to admit to not being a bit sorry to see 2009 leaving us. This year was just blah for me. My artistic muse was missing, my work hard muse was often absent, and my enjoyment of life muse? Definetly missing in action. I'm hoping they all 3 find their way home for the coming year. I'm definitely going to make an effort to coax the little artistic muse back because I've really missed her ;)

Four Dinners said...

2009 was a year. Same as 2008 and 2007 and, come to that 1997 or even - in my case - 1977...

Years are years babe.

They come and go. Some good some not so good.

Just enjoy what you have.

Jethro, the horses and such.

Life's a bitch and then you die.

Enjoy now.

There ain't a tomorrow....xxx

Heidi Willis said...

You certainly had a year. Tomorrow is another day, and it has great possibility of being better. Even if only a little.

You had some good ups this year mixed in with all the bad. Remember those. The rest will fade.

your life is not getting worse. It's just moving on. The best is yet to come.

Now go make those dreams come true!

Paul Tee said...

This year will be better than the last.
This year we will find the persons we were meant to be,
Find safe harbours and build bridges,
Take strength from friendships and relationships.
Waste not, want not,
Find joy where it finds us.
Will not wallow, will nor cry,
Celebrate all victories,
Will not look a gift horse in the mouth.
Light shall guide me
Trust will lead me
Frustration I will leave behind
I will bury regret and won't look back
And should things turn dark,
I will remember
how God sees me.

Happy New Year!

raine said...

The best thing I ever learned was how to get rid of stuff. It makes room for good stuff to come in, not material stuff, other good stuff.

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

what kind heart of u..................................................

dilling said...

yeah, oh-nine, bu-bye!

marsh to the fore said...

I loved your list and am going to save it to a file I'm starting called Important Things To Remember.

I'll remember every one because they're you.

Now I'd like to share a poem I found many years ago. I love it and think you will also. I hope you'll think about it every time you need to.

I also don't care about normal people but then who's normal? I don't think they exist!

Maybe you know the poem. What the heck: here it is.

"Daffodils" (1804)

I WANDER'D lonely as a cloud

That floats on high o'er vales and hills,

When all at once I saw a crowd,

A host, of golden daffodils;

Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

Continuous as the stars that shine

And twinkle on the Milky Way,

They stretch'd in never-ending line

Along the margin of a bay:

Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.

The waves beside them danced; but they

Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:

A poet could not but be gay,

In such a jocund company:

I gazed -- and gazed -- but little thought

What wealth the show to me had brought:

For oft, when on my couch I lie

In vacant or in pensive mood,

They flash upon that inward eye

Which is the bliss of solitude;

And then my heart with pleasure


And dances with the daffodils.

By William Wordsworth (1770-1850).