Thursday, January 01, 2009

So far, so not good...but I'm okay with it

I had plans for today. Mom always said whatever you do on January 1st you'll be doing for the rest of the year. I have plans for this year and I didn't want to jinx them by setting a poor tone today. First, I was going to do what I do every year--call my mom and watch the Rose Parade with her via telephone.

Then, after a quick breakfast, I planned to start an overhaul of my apartment--cleaning as if I were moving out, because that's exactly what I want to do this year. I want to move out. I was going to spend the day in the area I would like to move to, but I decided against it. I don't want to put too much pressure myself to fulfill that dream.

My next plan of action included writing. Once upon a time, I was going to be a writer. I wrote like crazy. My mind worked faster than my hand and pen could move (this was back before computers because I'm old). Then, something happened that I can't explain and I stopped. Every once in a while I'll wake up with a story in my head and write it down, or write down an outline with some full paragraphs that sprung fully formed from my sleepy brain. These usually get no further than this stage. I come back to them and the outline doesn't make sense to me anymore or I can't remember that one phrase that I thought would be perfect. So, yeah, me as a writer? Not so much.
Then, last week, I was talking to a guy at work and mentioned this past ambition. He is a sweet guy and always has a kind word, but this time, he seemed particularly sincere. He simply said, "you should write." The next day I opened a package from a vendor and inside was a bunch of sample logo products. One of items was a pink terry cloth head band, like the tennis players wore in the 70's, with the words "Be Creative" embroidered on it. I saw this as a sign.

So there you have it--things I was going to do today to set the tone for 2009. What have I done today? Called my mom and watched the parade, made killer guacamole and ate way too much in one sitting, and fell asleep. I don't think I've cursed the year, though. I have plans, you see, and one wasted day will not deter me.


woolanthropy said...

I am looking forward to reading your writings in the coming year.

Now please pass the guacamole I am almost ready for a nap.

Annika said...

If my entire year was defined by good guac, I'd be ahead of the game. I think you're doing just fine.

MonkeyGurrrrrl said...

I don't think it was a wasted day at all! As a matter of fact, I think watching the parade is a step above sleeping in and watching Judge David Young (my course of action). And People's Court. And Judge Judy.

Feel better yet?