- Start a blog - done.
- Have a post-traumatic breakdown - find a psychiatrist, get involved with an amazing specialized centre - done
- Want to complete my first triathlon this year - join a tri-club that starts in the new year - done, and have already become their volunteer communicator before it even starts up the season.
However, there's a down side to this too.
- Went on leave from work to get rest after breakdown - but took laughter yoga and water colour classes... and when those were finished, joined a choir and started pottery lessons - oh, while upgrading my math at the same time and volunteering once or twice a week.
- Started a blog and wanted to break intensive tv habit - but joined in on intensive monthly projects: Art Every Day Month in November, followed by reverb in December.
- Come January, step back into the waters gently after leave with two classes and flexible work only - but already signed up for year long Project 365 and Creative Every Day, an online experimental art course, plan to turn Drawing Lab's 52 assignments into a weekly project, oh, and I joined that tri-club.
See a pattern? It's clear that taking action is not an issue for me. Embracing inaction is what's proving to be more difficult.
I've had a little kick in the pants the past few weeks though. As some of you might know, my back has been a bit of a squeaky wheel lately. There's concern that I may have a stress fracture in my mid-back, gulp. I'm sure it's nothing, but it's given me pause, creating reason for me to slow down and take a look at how to fit more inaction into my day.
Thanks to daily book reviews by S. Krishna there is a pile of books now by my bed... novels, lovely, indulgent fiction. These types of books become easily forgotten when I'm in school, or getting too busy. So while I'm tending to my tender back, I'm reminding myself to spend lots of time curled up in bed doing nothing except reading a book for fun. And I will carry this into the new year, as I take on new busy-making projects (and hopefully not because I've been medically ordered to do so, fingers crossed). Here's to finding room in my day, every day, for inaction!
Action. When it comes to aspirations, its not about ideas.
It's about making ideas happen. What's your next step?