What I've learned over this time of self-exploration is more of what I already knew. I am creative. I love to learn. I love to problem solve. I am social. I like to perform. I like to teach. I like to write. Nothing new, but somehow it's all more fulfilling now. Why? Possibly because it's not just a hypothetical discussion any longer. Now it's part of who I am, what I do, where I focus my attention, and where I find personal fulfillment. It's less about where I live, what I drive, how much I earn (don't get me wrong, living comfortably is important but it alone does not equate to happiness), and less about what others expect of me (the parent, the mate, the daughter, the employee, etc.) and more about did I have fun today, did I learn today, did I do something that I found personally fulfilling and do I have plans to do so again soon.
I'm reading again. That has me wanting to write again. I've joined an aspiring writers group. I have an idea for a novel that's been knocking around in my head since 2002. I am excited to think that I may actually start writing it at some point. I have wonderful friends who've volunteered to read my work and give me feedback. I'm surrounding myself with the things that will nurture me and my creative writing. It feels good.
I'm teaching for the first time. I didn't go looking for it. It came to me from no action of my own control, a teacher approached me and asked if I might like to teach. I agreed to try it. And I found I love it. I love designing the classes, planning them out, drafting the instruction literature, preparing samples, and creating a class environment where students can relax, have fun, learn, and laugh. I didn't seek this out, but I did honestly pursue what I love to do and, as I have predicted, the universe provides me with experiences that are rich and fulfilling in return. How very Zen.
I continue to take classes on subjects all over the board. I continue to meet others like me that love to express themselves in creative ways and love to learn. I am still toying around with my http://www.classaddicts.com/ social network and hope to have a workable format soon.
I don't know if I want to put a theme to 2011. I'm not driven like that any longer. It doesn't seem like much fun. If you know me, you understand that I've never been an under-achiever and that's not likely to change any time soon. However, I don't need control of myself like I felt I needed to before. I'm just enjoying the ride and working hard at having fun so I'm totally prepared for the next big wave that comes my way. Life is the journey, stopping to smell the roses isn't an item on my to-do list but a way of living, and I'm excited about my future! I'm pretty sure it will be better than I could dream up and put into reality on my own with a checklist, a goal, or a "2011- The Year of