Continuing the streak of more personal notes and the conundrum that each new year poses us. Ever tried to make a New Year’s resolution that failed? Ever wished you could do this and try that and go there – without any of the wishes ever coming true? Why do we spend more time dreaming than making dreams reality? Why do we speak of wishes “coming true” instead of “being made true”?
Sometimes it can be much quicker to make a dream come true than dreaming of it – especially if it comes to sending out that dinner invite or booking that flight or concert ticket.
Last spring I spent my nights coloring a coloring book. I also went to the Helsinki Music Center, had an Indian head massage, and finally went to the French Riviera. During this year I have managed to realize my dream of practicing yoga on Bali, of spending a weekend at a spa by myself, and going through my wardrobe. The challenge is called 101 things in 1001 days and is the core of the Day Zero Project.
My list is far from done – but it’s a good start for the first year. Having a list is certainly not the only way to experience new things, but I hope I can inspire you to start realizing your dreams and goals instead of just dreaming of them. Here are mine marked as “done”, one year in:
- Host a board games night
- Learn to knit socks
- Spend a rainy day watching films in my PJ’s
- Spend a weekend at a spa by myself
- Make jam
- Travel to New England
- Crochet a quilt
- Find a career mentor
- Get an Indian head massage
- Install a mirror in the hallway
- Have a hot stone massage
- Go back to Kathmandu
- Read my old journals
- Clean out my wardrobe
- Go to the French Riviera
- Complete a coloring book
- See a performance at the Helsinki Music Center
- Hire a cleaning maid
- See a play at the Shakespeare Globe Theatre in London
- Find a penpal and write real letters
- Eat at a Korean restaurant
- See a Broadway musical in London
- Read all moomin books
- Practice yoga on Bali
- Make candles
- Get in touch with 2 old friends
+ about 15 other things in progress, such as joining Earth Hour every year, learning how to make limoncello, going to the dentist every year, and paying off my study debt.
Life is not a rehearsal. You are the star of your show, every day, regardless of whether you are up for it or not. Trust me, the past few years I have mainly not been up for it. Yet life has happened anyway. It tends to do that, every day.