Thursday, February 3, 2011
What I Liked To Do When I Was Ten
This book is making me think.
Gretchen Ruben suggests if I want to know what will bring happiness to my 46 year old days, I should think back to my 10 year old days. She says I should think about what I liked to do when I was 10.
It's called "self-knowledge". To know myself. What do I find fun? What is my passion?
At ten. Hmmmm. I remember liking kickball, but maybe that was because certain 5th grade boys thought I as good at it. I definitely don't think kickball would be fun for me at this point. No hidden desires here for kickball.
Moving on. I remember enjoying compliments about my handwriting and taking great pride in that. Oh, and I made lists. List after list after list. What I'd wear to camp each day...things to do for the week, what homework I needed for school each day. I enjoyed drawing and doodling too. But above all, I liked writing in a diary, keeping track of my days.
So now I've found it. The thing I have a passion for is what I did with me at 10 and continue to do with me at 46. Instead of keeping a diary with a little lock and key, these days I blog at Whimsical Cottage (http://ourlifeofwhimsy.blogspot.com/). I enjoy writing about my journey through life, sharing my ordinary days and my extraordinary days.
I like the idea that I've kept a record of what happened, what was important to me, how I chose to handle a situation, what we felt like, how we looked. There are things to be learned from the recording of history, of thoughts, of happenings. And since it's FUN, why not?