#Reverb10 is a movement to encourage folks to tackle a daily prompt with the intent of reflecting on their year. If you’d like to get involved, it’s not too late! You can backtrack to previous prompts or simply jump in where you are. If you’re interested, you can see all my #reverb10 posts here.
Dec. 18: Try: What do you want to try next year? Is there something you wanted to try in 2010? What happened when you did / didn’t go for it? (Author: Kaileen Elise)
In 2009, I did a lot of weird/unique things, like an introductory class on fencing and taking up horseback riding for about five months to learn the basics. I also took an intermediate French class to brush up on my language skills, as well as a class on creating children’s books which would have been a bit of a waste of time except it did yield an idea for a picture book.
I feel like I tried fewer weird and/or unique things in 2010. I did try hot yoga on a whim, and I fell in love with it (as I did horseback riding and fencing). This year was more focused on traveling, and I suppose the way in which I did that might seem weird and/or unique to some folks (a two-week trip to London & Paris with my youngest sister, and a one-week return trip to London on my own as a gift to myself for my golden birthday). I also made a short film, which I guess isn’t something many people do.
While not weird or unique, I did go on a lengthy, rocky, and up-a-very-big-mountain hike with my sister, which is something neither of us had ever done. There’s not much opportunity for that sort of thing in Kansas City (that I’m aware of), but I did love it, and it was an interesting way to spend an afternoon.
In 2011, I want to try more weird and/or unique things. Mostly, I want to follow wild hares more often, and half that battle is just being on the lookout for them.
Potentially on the agenda:
- I’m going to see New York this year for sure, and I’m going to take some long-weekend-style trips to see more new places (suggestions welcome!).
- I’ve always wanted to learn a martial art, so I should probably do that.
- Part of me would love to find a way to work fencing and maybe even horseback riding back into my life, even though they’re not technically new.
- I wouldn’t mind taking a wine-tasting class, so I can have a more informed reaction to it than my current standbys of, “Yeah, this is pretty good,” or “Eh, not my favorite.”
One thing is happening for certain, because I bought a Groupon for it and thus have no choice but to make use of it. In January, I’m going to learn how to hang on to silk for dear life whilst suspended from the ceiling, an art also known as aerial acrobatics. Wish me luck.
Dec. 19: Healing: What healed you this year? Was it sudden, or a drip-by-drip evolution? How would you like to be healed in 2011? (Author: Leonie Allan)
I’ve already talked about hot yoga quite a bit, so I’ll make this quick and to the point. I’ve got a bit of a body image distortion thing going on, which is very typical for folks who have lost a significant amount of weight — and really for a lot of women in general, I think. Nothing has done more to fix some of that than yoga. Whether it’s being forced to stare at oneself in the mirror for 90 minutes whilst balancing and twisting into all sorts of crazy poses or the whole mind-body connection, I don’t know. All I know is it’s helped.