I hate New Year's resolutions. I am firmly against them, because I have always failed at them. However, I like the idea of a "theme" for the year. Thanks Tina for this great idea! My theme this year is "Seize the Day!" What I like about this theme, is that it can mean very different things in all kinds of situations. It can mean facing a fear head on, or attempting something new, or it can even refer to trying to follow God when it's difficult to do so. I want to be the kind of person who attacks life and doesn't just let it slip by. I've done that for way too long thanks to anxiety and depression.
I decided to go with this theme because it dovetailed very nicely with some thoughts I have been having recently. You see, I have lived in New England for almost all of my life. Even so, I've never been on a pair of skis or a snowboard. I should probably turn in my Northeastern citizenship card immediately! I have been thinking about going skiing for the last several weeks. We recently had two signifiant snow storms and I live close to a small ski mountain. So what's my excuse? Fear. Lots of it.
First, I am afraid of getting hurt. If my post on riding a bicycle doesn't convince you that I'm an un-athletic klutz, well then I guess nothing will! Beyond that, I'm also afraid of getting contaminated. I'm afraid to get sweaty as I always feel so dirty. I also don't like the idea of getting all my clothes wet (and perhaps muddy) from the snow and dirt, and then sitting on areas where other "dirty" skiers/snowboarders have been sitting. Outside activities (particularly on rainy or snowy days) have always been a contamination challenge for me. I remember cringing about it constantly when my child was small and would spend time outside in the elements and then bring back wet boots, a soggy hat, and soaked mittens.
In light of my theme, I'm trying to muster up the courage to hit the slopes. Ok, the bunny slopes. But, slopes nonetheless. I am hoping to do this in the next couple of weeks. I shall keep you posted. Oh boy, now that I've posted about it, I really have to do it, don't I? Carpe diem!