I read that life goes by quickly for adults compared to children because we have fewer new experiences. For children most things they do are brand new. Something they have not experienced before and this makes time go slower. For adults, because we have done most things before we don’t anticipate, we know what’s going to happen and this makes time appear to go more quickly. Ergo, to make time seem slower, adult needs to do more new things.
When I look back over 2017, it certainly was a year of new things and while it seems like the year has whizzed by, when I look back on what I have done I find it hard to remember that if it was this year or last year. I seemed to fit a lot in!
I did 6 writing courses 5 face to face and one online
I went to two writers’ festivals
I went to 8 meetings of my writers’ group and about 5 meetings of a screenwriting group in Sydney
I started this blog
2 online courses through Udemy – food photography and inDesign
I did several online modules through the Adobe Education site
Wrote at least 7 short stories plus 35 blog posts, a screenplay and 4 chapters of a novella.
I entered 5 writing competitions and 7 photography competitions.
I won none! But that’s not the goal. The goal is to actually do it. After all you have to be in it to win it!
I went on a short cruise with friends
I went to Canberra with the same group of friends
I hosted 3 (relatively) fancy dinner parties
I went to the Sydney Mardi Gras
I did a general rescue course with the NSW SES
I started running and trained hard over several months and built up to a 15km run which I completed in good time.
I lost 7 kg.
I did a full Tough Mudder (17km and 18 of the 20 obstacles)
I started to de-clutter my house and sold some stuff at the local markets
I haven’t bought anything new since July 1 (well anything that does not fit in my guidelines)
I bought and paid off a new car (I bought it June 30!)
I took over 2000 photos of various subjects.
I bookended the year with two trips to Israel to visit my daughter and her family.
Oh and I worked full time in a demanding job.
I did a lot and I don’t think this is a complete list because I forgot to bring my 2017 diary with me.
It was a good year. I felt content and fulfilled and despite the long list I did not feel “busy”. I have come a long way in my journey to live meaningful life. I have a ways to go.
2018 is shaping up to be a different sort of year. My daughter and grandson will be staying with me in Australia me for a visit. I already have a writer’s course booked in for February and I am going to New York in March.
My goals include
To continue writing
To keep getting better at taking photos
To make a few short documentary style videos
To keep fit
Continue to downscale my material goods by natural attrition and not buying anything new
Continue with this blog. (And learn how to set it out better from my iPad!)
I hope you have some goals. In my opinion, they keep you grounded, give you clues for what to say no to and provide you with some directional signs so you don’t meander around too aimlessly. Although a meander can be good too as it puts new and unexpected things in your path.
Happy New Year! Remember to look out the window – there is always something new to see!