Every year on my birthday I like to think about what I want to accomplish in the upcoming year.
Last year my big goals were to make an effort to visit friends and family and to have a solo art show. And I did both (yay!).
This year my goals are more solitary : to wrap up my doctorate, to train for open water swimming (a long-time dream of mine), to play the uke and do one handed push-ups.
To help keep track of my goals and to stay motivated in these solitary pursuits I’ve joined Go Mighty — it’s like Pinterest for action.
I’ve never liked to let people peek behind the curtain at my works-in-progress — I always want to unveil the perfect, finished end result. The trouble is, if I lose motivation there is no exterior accountability to help me accomplish my goals. I’m learning to like the discomfort of letting people see me in progress : it forces me to acknowledge that I’m not immediately awesome at everything and I have to let go of my ego and it’s harpy-like noises and just focus on the process.
I think getting too comfortable in our lives allows us to forget about our place within humanity and within nature. We become myopic and stagnant. A little bit of discomfort is educational and humbling. Being vulnerable and uncertain allows room for others to enter, to test your limits and to grow. Ultimately, that’s my goal for this year — to force myself to be a little bit uncomfortable and see what I learn in the process.