Here I am on the last day of my 366 Somedays and what have I learned?
I have learned not all “Somedays” are meant to be. Once attention was finally given to some, they just didn’t fulfill the expectations. The activity was not as fun as anticipated or the amount of work to accomplish the “Someday” was beyond what I was willing to expend. Speaking Italian fell into this category. I’ll still dream of living in Italy and conversing fluently with my neighbors, but the reality is I’ll never live in Italy and I’ll never speak Italian – fluently or otherwise.
I have learned goals can be achieved with steady and persistent effort. My “Someday” to complete the physical challenge of walking or running 1200 miles in a year required me to focus on getting in miles almost daily. There were times I would have preferred to sit out a workout due to rain, snow, heat, or just plain laziness, but I didn’t – I kept at it for twelve months and I achieved my goal.
I have learned that tackling some “Somedays” leads to the accomplishment of other “mini-Somedays”. This month, as I’ve been working on restoring my carousel horse (no pictures yet – it isn’t done), I’ve also been painting (with the same paint) a decorative mirror which I’d planned on putting in a specific spot in our home, but which has been sitting in a garage closet for the last two years waiting to be painted and antiqued.
I have learned most “Somedays” cannot be completed within a month. My very first “Someday” of writing a book in a month was way too ambitious! The book still isn’t done and the reality is, that may not be the book I end up finishing. I’ll still write and, eventually, a book will be completed, but it would be disheartening to chastise myself for not finishing in one month. This has been the hardest lesson to accept. So many of my “Somedays” aren’t finished and, at first, that bothered me, but all of the “Somedays” I tackled are started and that, in my opinion, is a win.
I have learned some “Somedays” resonate more than others and that is joyous. Yoga, a “Someday” not chosen, but which I probably would not have attempted if I weren’t going through this journey, has quickly become part of my daily routine and I wonder why I didn’t open myself to it years ago. Knitting also brings me joy and, while I don’t sit for hours and knit, when I do pick up my needles, I feel a calm wash over me.
So, with successes (1200 mile challenge), failures (speaking Italian), postponements (gardening – the space is finally ready and I’ll try planting this spring), and continuations (writing a book, restoring my carousel horse), perhaps the biggest lesson of this year has been that it’s okay to fail, to not enjoy, to set aside, but it isn’t okay to not even try.