I typically do not believe in New Year’s Resolutions. If I make one, I do it at my birthday which is MY New Year (better than regular new year) but this year I decided to try one.
As I am what the kids call “self employed” now I have learned the fine art of scheduling down time for myself so as not to drive myself crazy. I have decided that for my New Year’s Resolution I would pick a new topic to study each week in my down time so that by the end of the year I will have learned 52 new things.
I got the idea originally from my big vacation I just got back from – I was so inspired by Pompeii that I’ve been reading up not only on it’s history, but on volcanoes in general and how they erupt. I’ve been enjoying it so much I decided to keep looking up other things that I’ve always been curious about, but never took the time to do. And as the new year was upon us, I figured that this was the perfect opportunity!
I’m sure as I go along, I’ll need suggestions – so please feel free to shout some out.
Some things I’m looking forward to learning:
- The history of the Christmas tree
- the life of Claude Monet
- more about Egyptian Hieroglyphs and Egyptian History (that may take more than one week)
- the background of Yoga
- More about American history (in school it was in one ear and out the other)
- History of Tattoos
There are some other things that I used to know well that I’d love to revisit as well, so this will be 12 months of Learning Stuff. And I’m sure as I read up on things, I’ll be inspired to add more things to the list – so all in all, the reading will drive on more reading. I love stuff like that because once you get rolling it kind of feeds itself with little active work on your part. I just need to pick a place to start.
How about close to home? This week I’ll read up on the life and times of glorious San Francisco! That seems as good a place as any, and that is definitely something I’ve meant to do for a long time.
Happy New Year!