A friend recently shared the article “30 Things to Start Doing for Yourself.” Steering away from the negative tone of a “don’t” directive, this list provides guidance that could become anyone’s 2012 next steps.
Number nine, “start enjoying the things you already have” immediately jumped out because I’d been chanting all weekend about people embracing Elizabeth Taylor’s spirit. No, don’t go running off to steal a friend’s husband. I meant this about her full-on passions and appreciation for life moments.
When it wasn’t popular (and even feared), she championed HIV/AIDS awareness and donated millions to fund research. She loved hard and married multiple times in following where her heart took her. She wore with pride the 33.19 carat magnificent Krupp diamond and other jewels in her collection versus locking them away in museum-like cages.
I then hunkered down on number 12, which states to “start believing that you’re ready for the next step.” That’s a yowzer there for me. Cue the above video. Fear of being “ready” makes me hesitate on my goals.
(Cough) Some confessions:
- Though my writing group is cheering me on and swearing it is a good story idea, I’m stumbling over each early word for my novel. A poet and short story gal, what if I’m not ready to write something so long?
- I’ve stopped myself at mid-success to my weight loss goal and put some pounds back on. Am I ready for the new attention and how people will relate to me when back to my “fighting weight”?
- I even almost passed up applying for the Kenyon Writers Workshop and to be a writer for Reality News Online because I wondered if I was–yep–ready. As it turns out, I was ready and a success at both.
December is a reflective month for me and I’m sure many others, and where we employ number three on the list, “start being honest with yourself about everything.” In 2012, whenever the urge of fear tremors in my gut, it is then that I will know to run forward.
Do you have fears that are holding you back?
What are some that you’d like to overcome in 2012?
Is there anything beyond the list of 30 that you do to take care of yourself?