Open to the Possibilities
I’m not the type to make New Year’s resolutions, unless it’s something silly like “quit smoking.” Silly I say, because I don’t smoke. But that doesn’t mean I don’t set goals for positive changes, like dumping lousy lovers and bad eating habits, I’m just not one to jump on the bandwagon when the calendar suggests it’s time to do so. For me, change and resolving to do things different, better, and with more joy can happen at any time of the year—so why wait for the calendar to flip to 01/01?
But this year, I decided to adopt a mantra of sorts and so far, into month two of 2009, it’s working for me. My mantra, a credo driving my plans this year is: Open to the Possibilities. For me, this means embracing things that scare me, fascinate me, and challenge me.
I’m pretty sure my friends would say I do this already, but I’m elevating my game beyond my usual ease with change and my self-challenging ways—so much so, that the same friends are giving me odd looks when I tell them what my plans are. For instance, (and this may not sound like a big deal, but trust me, it is) I am taking a solo road trip to West Texas next week. There are so many things in that sentence that scream What? Are you crazy? I mean, me? West Texas? Solo?
Yet on a lark, a whim, and a bit of a dare, I am traveling to visit someone I have never met, to an unlikely place for an urban gal such as myself, alone on roads I’ve never traveled, in a car that has never seen a road trip beyond 50 miles. Yeah, I’m nuts. But that’s okay because I am living from a place of expansiveness and spontaneity rather than from a place of fear. And I think it suits me.
The West Texas road trip is just the start—2009 is still young. I am planning a trip to Croatia and Slovenia, contemplating training for bicycle road racing, and who knows what else. I do know it will be an interesting year. I’ll keep you posted and watch ATG for my stories as I stay Open to the Possibilities.
Now it’s your turn: What are you open to experiencing in 2009?