I’ve never liked to do an analysis of my life at the beginning of January. I am used to take new (and old) resolutions (like a diet that works… but do they really exist???) early in September when school starts again after Summer break.
The fact that I am 46 and that I don’t go to school anymore does not prevent me from buying a new agenda late in August (last year I got a cool olive green Leuchtturm one in Berlin!) – and new stationery too – as if I had to start school (as my daughter Costanza does) – in September.
Then, at the beginning of September I start writing long lists of: bad habits I want to quit (i.e. writing numberless longs lists), new skills I want to acquire (this year it’s learning Chinese and playing the cello), books I want to read (and books I need to read… never read the entire Divine Comedy by Dante – oops!), etc. (my lists are very long… sometimes I even do Excel sheets divided by days/weeks/months… crazy, isn’t it?).
Talking about lists of things to do: when I actually do something that was on the (daily) checklist on the agenda, I usually draw a line on it. But I don’t feel really good unless a make a ‘V’ check mark beside the writing, plus I write ‘ok’ on the right side of the check mark and circle it! If I did something that was not on the list, I write it on purpose just to be able to have another writing to draw a line upon!!! I found out that my second cousin does that too (a weird habit running in the family).
However do you know what happens next? I realize that my original intention (the ultimate checklist of the things I should do to improve my life) turns out to be a heavier work than my usual job. Besides, the things I really want to do (like blogging, update my daily journal or spend time with friends) are always left behind.
So by January I’ve usually put aside checklists and just live life day by day, as it comes. And I found out that if you stop planning all the details of your life, then life gives you so many pleasant and unexpected joys (like finding time to blog again).
May you all have an unplanned 2017 full of unexpected gifts 🙂