A little over a year ago I was invited to be a regular contributor to the MurderSheWrites blog. I was happy to join this group of talented, hard-working women and to stay abreast of what everyone was doing and thinking and add to the conversation about writing and life and our mutual interest in, um…murder . (I’m relatively sure Homeland Security has all of us on a list somewhere.) I still enjoy this group SO much, but my life has gotten a little too crazy lately, so it’s time for me to streamline my obligations.
This will be my last regular blog on MSW…which is a lot of pressure, I must say, because I’d like to leave you with a kernel of something…well, good.
I suppose the lesson here is that I’m walking away from some obligations in order to embrace new ones. So if you’re considering a new opportunity—relocating, a job change, taking up a hobby, assuming a volunteer position—I encourage you to go for it with the thought of committing to the task for one year, with the promise to yourself you will then reevaluate.
We resist change and the chance to extend ourselves because of the unknown, or because our minds automatically go to what could go wrong, and how hard it will be to extricate ourselves from the situation if things don’t go well. But everything is a little less daunting if you think about it in terms of a one-year bite. One year is long enough to dig in and experience the range of the task…but short enough that it doesn’t have to upend everything else or change the trajectory of your life.
If you devote one year of your life and then move on to something else, think about all the different experiences you could have:
–train to run a marathon or a take up a new sport
–get a certification to add to your education
–learn how to play an instrument
–buy a one-year subscription to a special-interest magazine
–take on a foreign exchange student
–sign up for a year of dance classes
–learn about winemaking or join a wine club
–immerse yourself in a language
–buy a one-year pass to the National Park Service
–take a sabbatical
–be a foster home for a pet
–research your family tree
–write a novel
–join a group blog!
Change is inevitable…and change can be good. I’m moving on to other projects, but I’ll still come back to visit friends here at MSW. Meanwhile…
What’s something YOU would like to do for one year?