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 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.