Manarelle Posted January 1, 2022 Report Share Posted January 1, 2022 Despite the title, this is not a New Year's reconfigure. Life took a sudden, hard (but welcome) turn in 2021 when I reached a 13-year goal and suddenly a lot of things I'd structured around that goal either no longer had a base for continuing or were no longer as strictly important. As is my usual, I limped along for a while anyway, propping them up because I wasn't ready to completely overhaul things yet. A conversation with a friend last night made me realize how silly that is, though, and I think I'm ready. For a long time in life, I tried to be a jack of all trades and flitted between hobbies and interests so often that I wasn't really good at any of them. It was fun but not really fulfilling, and often expensive as I geared up for a new something. When I was doing my Master's degree, I realized that wasn't working with the very limited free time I had, so I forced myself to pick four hobbies and only do those. They drifted a bit over time, but were generally exercise, sewing/cosplay stuff, gardening, and language/ learning. That was a good setup when I had a driving goal and not much free time, but now I have sometimes shocking amounts of time, and I've been chafing on those restrictions a bit. Languages have felt off for a while, and I had a hard time figuring out why. Finally realized last night that I'd been coming at them from a current events/ political/ 'how can this help me understand what's happening right now' point of view; what got me interested in languages when I was younger, though, was the idea of learning new cultures, ways of viewing the world, and folklore. With that in mind, I restarted a game I've been playing for a while and set it to Russian: it felt like a fun pastime instead of a "god, I have to practice language now?" moment. It was very cool to recapture the fun and wonder of it instead of slog of responsibility that isn't even mandatory in my life. All that to say, I'm not clear on what format I'm after, but here's a rough draft of what I'd like to do this winter/ spring: Exercise: Stick with the 4-day split workout, add cardio in as a healing foot allows. Cosplay/ Sewing: Remake the Thor sabatons so that costume can be worn again. Language: Enjoy Russian learning, practice a new one with a friend. Gaming: Have fun. Gardening: Order a fruit tree and give it a real pot/ dirt when it comes. Read: Find at least 1 book a month to enjoy and read it (use the library, Einstein). I know those aren't really measurable goals, so there probably won't be a lot of updates, but I'm still feeling out my priorities in the post-life-goal mindset. Thirteen years is a long habit to remake. 4 2 Quote Manarelle the Level 60 Amazon Assassin Challenges: 1-10, 11-20, 21-30, 31-40, 41-50, 51-60, Current Link to comment
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