At this time of year, I always take time to reflect. Not on specifics, necessarily, but on themes. Certain themes follow me through the months, years and decades of my life. Some themes are just beginning, some are chronic. I suspect my “terminal” themes will continue to dog me as long as I reflect on them, as opposed to work on them.
And at this time of year, I always pick a few things to work on. Most I never share. (Is that for protection? In case I’m not successful?)
A couple I will admit to:
- I’d like to write more. Back here. Which shouldn’t be too hard. The bar in 2009 is pretty low.I have to admit, I have enjoyed Twitter - the fast break, no guilt posting option that keeps me lightly engaged in the social web - no matter my time and attention options in the moment. But I miss writing what’s going on in my mind. Really exploring and sharing thoughts as I used to.
- I’d like to find and foster my unique talent. Everyone has one. I used to think my unique talent was painting/drawing/illustrating. I’m not convinced that drawing’s the unique talent I’m willing to foster at this point in my life. My few and feeble attempts over the past few years have been lackluster. Perhaps it’s because I’ve not spent the time exploring my drawings… explorations are critically important when it comes to creativity - in writing and drawing.
- I’d like to continue teaching, speaking, and helping educate. I’ve only given a few presentations since I took my full-time gig in education; but they continue to energize me. I’ll be interested in exploring new educational themes for 2010 - especially since my previous area of expertise, that of social media, seems to be (finally) not mysterious any more.
And, as always, sharing these thoughts publicly - narcissistic? perhaps - can be effective in giving me insight. Perhaps a theme that dogs me is exploration. It’s delightfully woven through my chronic and burgeoning themes, whether I consciously work them or not.
Upon public reflection then, I look forward to a Year of Explorations in 2010. I’m willing to share that with anyone and everyone.
What is driving the themes of your future? Are you willing to share?