My girls gave me one of the best Christmas presents ever this year. It was a compilation of all my blogs in a book. Somehow, you feel more like a real writer when random thoughts are in book form—so in a sense, what they gave me for Christmas, was a vision for a new year and a new dream. As I read it, cover to cover, and watched my life unfold on its pages, it was also a little unsettling (and revealing) to see the changes that three years brings to a person’s life. Then, yesterday, I picked up the Salt Lake Tribune and saw a column “Fifty Things I Have Learned or Relearned in the Past Year.” Since midnight was fast approaching, I didn’t give this a great deal of thought, but I did scribble down a few of things that I “learned or relearned” in 2011. Thinking about the past year is a good “stretching exercise” to prepare for the actual work of looking ahead to the goals and ambitions for a New Year. Here is my list….
1. Your heart can’t be softened while the rest of your body remains tight and firm…just go with it!
2. I learned I can make toffee that doesn’t break your teeth.
3. Make new friends, but keep the old…one is silver and the others gold!
4. Throwing a pot is a thousand times harder than I ever imagined…(I am going to find my balance in 2012)
5. Evolution is probably the closest theory we will ever have for a “theory of everything!” People change, families change, societies change and adapt…nothing remains the same and that is how we grow and move forward.
6. What your grandkids have to say at your funeral reveals a lot about how you lived your life and what is really important!
7. The early debates in an election cycle are the best because they are about ideas, the later ones dissolve into character assassination and aren’t worth turning the television on for.
8. Blogging, Facebook, texting, iChat and cellphones are God’s compensation for having your children living all over the country (and frequent flier miles help too!)
9. We all must succumb to “readers” at some point in our life—just buy lots of them so they are floating everywhere in the house.
10. Self-respect and freedom will always be more important than security.
11.Anticipation is half of the fun; surprises are just not all they are cracked up to be.
12. There are certain things you should not try as a grandma, re-learning the Hustle is not one of them.
13. Sibling relationships are the longest lasting relationship we have in this life, keep them strong.
14, Lunar eclipses and meteor showers are worth losing sleep over.
15. Faith is opening yourself up to possibilities; Hope give us the patience to wait for them to happen and Love is the power that keeps us all sane and moving forward in this life.
16. You are never too old to fall in love…even if you’re a great-grandma!
17. Friends accept you for the person you are, not who you were or who you may become…. Facebook and dogs are good filters to help keep track of this.
18. You don’t have to give birth to children to have them totally worm their ways into your hearts forever
19. Those new, chic, faux-fur vests make me look like something that should be stuffed and mounted on the cabin wall and must be avoided at all costs.
20. Always keep a camera close at hand, it makes you look at the world much more closely and with much more gratitude and awe.
And one last thing which I learn and re-learn every year I am alive….the more you know the more you discover how much you don’t know. It’s time to find the readers, face 2012 and get back to work. So friends what did you learn last year?