December 18 – Try
What do you want to try next year? Is there something you wanted to try in 2010? What happened when you did / didn’t go for it?
(Author: Kaileen Elise)
*Claps hands and shrieks in absolute glee as soon as she reads this prompt. (I’m also a little hyper this morning as I have been pondering this question with excitement all night since I got the email)
Do you realize what a question like this is for a person like me? If you did, you might reconsider asking it.
What do I want to try this next year?
Seriously? Really? Are you kidding me? Oh my goodness! Hellloooooooooo! What DON’T I want to try? Are you ready? Are you prepared? Because my list is quite large and always is. I don’t always get to the things I want to try but I sure do TRY! Oh this question is like a giant Christmas present JUST for me, wrapped up in beautiful foil, presented with a most bodaciously large bow.
Where do I begin? For your sanity and because I could go on and on and on and on and…umm yeah – I shall keep my list to just FIVE things I want to try this year. Seriously, you will thank me.
(Oh, by the way, word to the wise – don’t even get me started on my bucket list. It would be called, “The List of Neverending Wanttodos”. You have been warned!) *insert evil glint in eyes – evil but wickedly joyful kind of evil…maybe not evil but – well you get the picture!
2011 – Tracy’s List of Things She wants to TRY!
1. Fresh figs. I know I’ll have to wait till later in the year but I have never had one and I love dried figs so fresh figs must taste like heaven set up shop on the old tastebuds, right? Here’s hoping! (Much thanks to Patti Digh for her neverending yet delightful descriptions of all the fresh figs on her fig tree this last Summer.)
2. Latin. I purchased several of Wheelock’s Latin books a while back and have yet to crack them. I PLAN to do that this year. Why would I want to learn Latin, you may ask? Because I am a writer and language – the roots of language intrigue me. I also need to brush up on my French.
3. Marathon or half-marathon. It’s something I have always wanted to do. I want to know I can do it. It has been a lifelong goal. I’m a little fearful of it – I mean – I like to run but for five plus hours? No, I’m not built for speed so I don’t anticipate it being a speedy little venture. It’s all about the finish.
4. Start my own podcast. I’ve worked in television news. I have degrees in Broadcast Journalism and Political Science. I am no stranger to producing, reporting, recording, videotaping, mixing, etc… I have a vision for a podcast and I would finally like to try to…wait for it…wait for it…MAKE IT SO! (There, I fit my Picard reference in!)
5. Certified Creativity Coach. I love to encourage others. I love to help others. This is something I really want to try to do.
Okay, so there is my five and I said I would ONLY post FIVE things I want to try otherwise, I would go on FOR-EVAH, my darlings and that wouldn’t be good. You would get sick of me (if you haven’t already) and well, you know, that is not a good thing.
So now, what did I want to try or try this year of 2010 and what happened when I did / didn’t go for it?
1. I wanted to try Julia Child’s way of poaching an egg in water – which I did and successfully so – on New Year’s Day! It was so delicious, like a puffy, wonderfully soft cloud that just floated on the tongue. It was amazingly good and since I love to cook, I felt rather proud. I need to do it more often, actually!
2. I was going to cook my way through both editions of Mastering the Art of French Cooking (yes, I watched and read “Julia & Julia” but I’ve always been a fan of Julia) with my former friend but that sort of fell by the wayside (not because of friendship but because of time and trying to maintain a healthy eating style) *Ahem!
3. Going Vegan/Vegetarian. I did try. Honestly. But, I’m sorry I just love my cheeses entirely too much (HELLO! I’m from Wisconsin!!) Also I love my meat – I was raised on it. I can go for a bit without it but ultimately, I simply enjoy a good old elk burger from time to time. I know there are alternatives and options and I like them, I’ve tried them but they just can’t replicate the real thing. Besides, WHO goes to Lambeau Field to watch the Packers (season ticket here) and does NOT buy one of those delicious brats? It’s almost sacrilege. However, I DO love my veggies and can go long periods of time on a vegetarian way of eating but permanently – I’m not so sure yet.
4. Creativity Coach. This last year was when the idea came to me after reading several books by Eric Maisel. I was so energized by the idea of it. Then, I tried to help someone (unrelated to creativity) but I tried to help someone and she lashed out at me in such a violently verbal manner and in a way I am sooo not accustomed to being talked or rather, written to that it sort of crushed my soul/spirit and confidence for the rest of the year. That was the beginning of my spiral downward. I figured if that is the sort of reaction I will get from me being genuinely concerned about someone else, then how could I possibly even consider being a Creativity Coach? So I shelved the idea.
I did try some other things but I cannot remember them all right now. Point is I do try, I love to try, I live to try new things. One thing I do try to do every year on my birthday is eat something I have never had before which isn’t easy because I am one of those people who likes to try everything and does not limit myself. But, I still like to try when I can.
Trying is living and living is to try new things. Keep trying, always trying. Never, ever stop trying. It is the epitome, to me, of an open mind and soul!