resolutions, 2010

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Well, hello, 2010. A shiny new decade! Time to revise.

 

Resolutions, 2010

1.    Don't die.

2.    Postpone dying.

  • Quit smoking again. The answer to stress is not to light a cigarette, damnit, and it will never, EVER be "just this one". This lesson is one I should have learned a long, long time ago. the majority of studies I'm reading show that nicotine + MS = bad mix, so let's get my shit together, here.
  • Also: listen to my body, listen to my doctors, stay educated on MS but don't let it become my life. I am my life.
  • My body is not my life, but it's definitely my vehicle, so stay on top of things. Regular massage. Yoga. Keep active, eat well, pay attention.
  • Read labels.
  • Stop buying crap food that has labels.
  • RUN MORE: run as much as my body can stand. The better shape I'm in, the harder it will be for this disease to chip away at me.
  • Enter more races. I'm competitive by nature, so it keeps me on track. Talk about racing, too, because accountability is good for me.

3.    Consume less.

  • Create more. Learn to make even more stuff. BREAK OUT THAT SEWING MACHINE!
  • Drive less, bike and walk more.
  • Grow and cook our food. Let's make 2010 the year that I finally get rid of that black thumb! I want to grow the kickass- est garden of all gardens ever. Okay, let's just aim for a decent heirloom garden this year. I don't need to win any awards, just successfully grow something other than tomatoes and herbs.
  • Simplify, reuse, repurpose. Compost stuff! Recycle everything!

4.     Do better.

  • Try harder, remain grateful, keep perspective.
  • Be kind.
  • Sam Beckett always had it so damned right. "Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better."

5.    Challenge myself.

  • Allow myself some vulnerability. Everything is not a Feat Of Strength. Leave the country for the 4th of July this year; I don't need to push through that bullshit. I can just pack a bag and spend a few days in Canada, and that's not weak; that's  smart. Also, probably relaxing as hell and hey, might as well put that passport to work a little, right?
  • Be brave. Without being stupid.
  • Read things I’m not naturally drawn to, broaden my horizons a little. I’m beginning to feel I’m  too specialized.
  • Write more. I’ve been getting lazy. Get back on track and start talking about simplifying and start talking about chronic illness. Less of these brief photo- posts and more substance. Refine what I have to say and really say it.
  • Take more photos, too.
  • Try new things. Like singing when I feel like singing, for starters. That's a good goal. 11 years and my husband has never heard me do one of the things I used to do best. How dumb is that?

6.     Remember that we only get so many days. Make them count.

 

  One thought on “resolutions, 2010

  1. January 1, 2010 at 5:14 pm

    Although I’m not sure if it’s your kind of book, I’d like to recommend Pride, Prejudice and Zombies for #5, bullet 3. I just finished it and while it took me awhile to get used to the language (it’s English but not my kind of English) it was really pretty good. Funny too.

  2. cudworth@shaw.ca
    January 2, 2010 at 10:29 am

    Those are very inspiring resolutions Sarah, and if you want to pack your bags and head north July4, you’d be welcome to come and visit us in Powell River.
    I wanted to say how much I enjoy reading your blog and all the best in 2010.
    Fran

  3. January 2, 2010 at 4:51 pm

    I just starting reading your blog…but one of my resolutions is to comment more on blogs that inspire me with not only their projects, but with their words and goals. Yours definitely fits into that category and this post is no exception. I love how honest and raw you were in presenting your resolutions…that last bullet of #5 made me immediately stop and realize that I, too, can make that statement about a number of things. Why is that?
    Thanks so much for sharing, for blogging, and I wish you luck with every one of your plans for 2010!

  4. mel
    January 4, 2010 at 3:13 pm

    ‘Sam Beckett always had it so damned right. “Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.” ‘ Love, love, love that.
    These are some great resolutions. Especially No. 1 please. And I’m totally on board with the writing more, I have been trying and failing at that one, some things I just seem unable to post. And the more photos. Toying with a YIP, so much went undocumented this year.
    Wishing you strength and health this year(and I have always found you to be very kind. Don’t think you need a hand in that area at all)

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