My son just stopped by and asked if I’m going to use the play on words every time. Probably not…and this time, it is for a reason.
I’m starting this today in the spirit of reinvigorating my enthusiasm for discovery, which I was reminded this past week that I had once, but not for a long time in recent memory. I remember being absolutely giddy in college, looking at the kaleidoscope of available courses – it was such a vast selection, so many possibilities.
One of my favorite books of all time is called “The Art of Possibility”, by Benjamin Zander and Rosamund Stone Zander. I felt possibility when I was younger. I still feel it, and mostly for others; my children, my students, my family, for the organizations with which I’m associated, but not specifically for myself. Over the past couple of decades, aside from becoming a teacher, the universe of possibility seemed to slowly close up and become limited, mostly due to my own attitudes and thinking. So…with the beginning of 2013, which is an auspicious year for me as I will turn 55 next December, I decided I not only need to feel, but explore possibility for myself, and set about really doing something about it this time.
I want to learn something new every day. There are many things I’m curious about, and I’ve let the inertia of being worn out wear me down. It’s time to build up, and of course, wanting to learn something new on a daily basis is only one of several goals. In six months, I want to learn what my body can do when it weighs less and is in better shape. I’ll check in on that specifically as that transformation gets underway!
Today’s new thing to learn was why and how to start blogging.
I’ve been curious about blogs since I first heard about them, whenever that was. I’d read a few, subscribed to none (I get depressed trying to keep up).
When I saw Julie and Julia, and again last week when I received a beautiful calendar with an image of Pike’s Peak each month, (the “Pikes Peak Guy” took a photo every day for a year….) the idea of tracking something, anything, for a fixed period of time, particularly in regard to accomplishment of a goal, was giddily appealing – and I’ve been trying to come up with an idea that would work for me.
I read up on the tutorial on WordPress, and consulted my son Trevor, my live-in expert on all things internet and more, and here we are. I’m thinking of different categories to explore, just to keep some kind of rhythm and form to this idea. Some ideas are current events, technology (macs), music, education, jokes, cooking, San Francisco history, vocabulary, and on and on and on (reminds me of a joke…”There’s this club for people who can’t stop talking, called and on and on and on and on…”
Onward. Blogs to subscribe to, and 364 more things to find out about!