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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

365 Days

Over the weekend I had an accomplishment that got me very excited.
Then I turned philosophical.  That hardly ever happens.
Not to take anything away from accomplishment, but it shouldn't be a surprise I improved at something I practiced at a few times a week for a year.

A whole year can make a big difference.

I started making a mental list of all the other activities I have ever tried and then been cruddy at.  It is a long list.  And for the most part that is fine with me.  It doesn't bother me I was never a good hunter.  I can live with the fact that making my mom's goulash edible seems to be an elusive skill for me.  I now realize though that if I practiced ANY of the things on the list 3-5 days a week for 20-90 minutes I would be good at them. Or at least suck at less. Duh.  (That is how I struggled my way up to running as far as I can now.) I am now wondering why it took me till I was nearly forty to learn this.

Here are some things I have always longed to be capable of.  I have a smidgen of a background in these areas.  I wouldn't just be starting from scratch.  I would be starting from suck.  See I am 1/10 of the way there.

*Speak a foreign language.
If I practice Spanish for a year I think I could almost butcher the language in a conversational way.  I have always been envious of my students who speak multiple languages.

*Crochet.
If I were to crochet three to five times a week I could probably actually make something other than a triangular pot holder that was really supposed to be square.  Maybe I could make a scarf or a blanket...a small blanket.

*Play the piano, or the violin.
I love the violin and I did briefly take lessons as an adult.  Raising two rambunctious preschoolers at that time did make it difficult to find time to practice. Surely though I could find twenty minutes a day now (that I have FIVE kids.)

*Read the Bible the whole way through.
Every year I set out to do this and although I do get a little further each year I have not yet been successful.  I am sure if I read twenty minutes a day I could accomplish this.

*Write better.  I love to write and really give it a real attempt yet .  The whole point of this blog was to actually write for an audience, not to just publish pictures of my kid eating dog food. Maybe my writing would improve if  I really tried to actually write in a sophisticated manner....like in the third person even. 

It is not realistic to think I am accomplish ALL this stuff in a year so I guess I am going to have to prioritize and pick one to focus one, maybe two depending on what I choose. 



How about you? Do you have a goal?  Or better yet have you already accomplished a goal?  How did you manage to accomplish it?




18 comments:

  1. Hmmm...there are lots of things I suck at :)

    I'll have to think about the ones that I actually care about sucking less at.

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  2. My dad forced me to learn piano as a kid. That's actually nice now that I can play somewhat. I think it's tough to keep trying when you initially suck at doing something. For instance, I tried golfing and I'm really horrible at it. It doesn't lend itself to going at it 3 times a week. I just decided I have no skill as a golfer.

    I'd like to be able to do home improvement things around my house. So far I'm practicing patching walls and painting.

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  3. Can't we just wake up one day, knowing how to do these things? Why does it have to take effort?

    Yes, I'm lazy.

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  5. Writing takes practice. I'm not the best, but I have seen an improvement since I started this blog. Keep after it. You will be happy with your progress.

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  6. Ah your posts always make me laugh!

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  7. mine is not to gain or loose weight this year. just stay where i am.
    it is alot harder than it sounds.

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  9. I can't play anything... I wish I could play the piano, but I would never take the time to learn.

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  10. My goal would be to get a novel published.

    I did take piano lessons as a kid. I liked it at first, then grew to hate it but my parents wouldn't let me quit. I was miserable and finally flat out refused to go to lessons anymore so they gave up.

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  11. I have a long list. Probably way too long because I never get to do any of those things well.

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  12. I decided long ago to be a Jill of All Trades, and Master of None. It's the process of learning something new that I love, not the 'perfecting it' part.

    PS...I love your blog. It's one that I'm always happy to see at the top of my blog roll. Happy Tuesday!

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  13. Goals are my enemy!!! I never achieve them. I always set out w/ good intentions, but then something else comes along and I'd rather do that. That is until something else comes along. ADD much!

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  14. One of my goals at the start of last year was to finally open an etsy store to sell the things I make. Then I found out I was pregnant and put the store on the back burner while I moaned about the pregnancy, then birthed the baby and then started raising him. I did finally get around to opening my store, although I chose to do it on facebook rather than etsy. So I guess I did accomplish my goal, even if it took almost the whole year to do it.

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  17. I am so proud of you for accomplishing your goal! I have a nice list that I start out with every year with the best of intentions. I too would like to read the Bible the whole way through. I would also like to find time to walk on my treadmill 2-3 times a week. I think I go into these things with an all or nothing attitude. I mess up and I get discouraged then I give up. A nasty cycle. I know I do it and yet I continue to let it hinder me. Here's praying I can do better in the future. Love you blog as always, hugs!

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