|A butterfly in waiting is enjoying my parsley.|
Except that today is not October 1. It's September 30.
Since I've never been a rule follower, I decided it's my 31 Days, and I can do it however I please. So I shall. It's 31 Day-eve, and I'm going to break down what I mean by "new things" today so that tomorrow on the real October 1 we can leap with both feet right into all the shiny newness of adventure that this month is going to be.
My definition of new things may not be the same as yours, so I'll set a few guidelines:
- For my purposes, a new thing doesn't necessarily mean something I have never done, seen, or experienced before. For instance, I am going to start back to running ( I haven't really since my hysterectomy). It's not a new thing, but it is a new start, an introduction of something I want in my life that isn't currently part of my life. New habits very much count.
- Books, movies and music cannot be repeat performances to count as new. Unread, unheard and unwatched are the only things I will define as new in this category.
- A different way of looking at something totally counts as a new thing. But my goal is to make most of this journey experiential.
- Many of my new things will likely be quite small. I don't plan to go cliff diving or travel to China (oh, I wish). I won't make apologies for that. I've learned that life's biggest changes are composed of all the small adjustments we make consistently along the way. That is my goal. I want to make some lasting changes which consist of small adjustments.
- A blog entry doesn't count as a new thing. The practice of blogging is technically "new" according to principle #1, but I kind of think that's cheating.
- Foods don't have to be new to me. I will count a new preparation of a familiar food.
So there you have it. Six simply guidelines that I will be, mostly, observing to help me travel this new road. As I said yesterday, waiting time is done, and now it's time to actively pursue some joy, change, and discipline. Here's to the journey...