After reading Joanna’s blog post today, I thought that I would finally settle in and start my first blog post in a year. The focus on the blog post is a quote from Nora Ephron –
“We have a game we play when we’re waiting for tables in restaurants, where you have to write the five things that describe yourself on a piece of paper. When I was [in my twenties], I would have put: ambitious, Wellesley graduate, daughter, Democrat, single. Ten years later not one of those five things turned up on my list. I was: journalist, feminist, New Yorker, divorced, funny. Today not one of those five things turns up in my list: writer, director, mother, sister, happy.”
I think that this is a great way to look at the life that each of us decides to live. These words have changed for me over the past few years and I am sure yours have as well.
In the past my words may have been the following: sister, daughter, teacher, girlfriend, quirky, devoted, open minded, student, friend, mom (of the dog variety), confidant, librarian, ambitious, wannabe foodie (ha!), self-reliant, and many many more. I could have kept going on that list forever.
I think that it is important to take a step back and see how those words change for all of us. As Joanna’s post goes on to discuss… we are all living chapters of our own book. My past year has had many chapters. Some happy, some stressful, and other chapters just flat out awful. We all need to decide to live for our new chapter and our new day. Stop living in the past and really look forward to building you future. Maybe that future includes a few different words you wouldn’t expect. It is always easy to write all of this down, but I am going to try to try extra hard and follow my own advice.