I have long stopped making new year’s resolutions because I’d forget about them soon after I made them. That I do not make any resolution, however, does not mean that I have no desire to make myself or my life better. It is best not to wait a year before one takes stock of one’s situation, personal or otherwise. A daily examination of conscience is best to check bad habits and nip any in the bud.
Yet, be that as it may, the new year is a specially good day to take stock of things – those that have been accomplished or neglected in the last year – and to set a direction.
Most of my hopes and dreams revolve around my being a mother and wife. Therefore, all of my desire for self-improvement aim to serve my vocation as mother and wife. At least, I hope so. 🙂
For this post, I wish to focus on a couple of interests that I wish to continue and/or work on this year. I don’t know how these personal interests jive with the general direction that I mentioned earlier. However, if I go with my husband’s logic that a satisfying hobby makes me a happier and easier one to live with, these goals are well-within my life mission. 🙂
The first area that I wish to focus on is writing. As you may well know by now, one of the reasons I blog is to learn and improve my writing skills. I have always wanted to write poems and stories; I have wanted to record family stories, but I did not know how to. After a year of blogging, I know that my work has improved and I am happy about that. I will never be in any Bestseller list or have any writing prize (HA! HA! HA!), but I am glad to know that there are a few poems and stories (quality or lack thereof notwithstanding) in my archive. 🙂 This year, I wish to continue learning and improving and writing. I will continue participating in writing link-ups even when my work sticks out like a sore thumb. 🙂
Another area that I wish to work on is photography. I like recording those fleeting moments of beauty. I like to record beauty as I see it and share with you. Based on my works over the past years, I am happy to note that I have improved in this area too. Thanks to digital cameras. I do not have to worry that I am taking too many pictures of the same subject in the hope that I can come up with one passable photo. I am also very grateful to the photographers out there who generously share their knowledge and photos and to you who tell me what work worked and why. 🙂 To improve some more in this area, I wish to participate in as many photo challenge as is reasonable for me and to take more pictures of anything and everything to see how photography elements work. One day, I may even try to learn how to use photoshop, or gimp, maybe.
Then, there is the violin. It always calls to me. I like music, I like to play the violin. But I have neglected learning and practicing. I did not want to play because the noise would wake up the sleeping children. I did not want to play because I need to be able to concentrate. The children almost always interrupted my playing if I happened to play during the day. They wanted to touch the bow or pluck the strings or what have you.
I should go back before my fingers get gnarled from housework and age. 🙂 It is starting to happen. My left index finger looks slightly bent and twisted from all the dish washing that I have been doing all these years. I knew I should have gotten that insurance! 😉
Now that my youngest is no longer a baby, perhaps I can start playing for ten minutes or so at night once a week. For that one night, I should will myself away from any blog-related thing until I am done with practicing. I guess that’s workable.
And just to give myself something concrete to look forward to, I will focus on learning to play once again that piece of music that I have learned more than ten years ago. My mind remembers the tune but my fingers could not produce the notes. I’d be really happy if I could play this reasonably and relatively well again.