Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Reverb 11: Day 6

What are 11 things your life doesn’t need in 2012? How will you go about eliminating them? How will getting rid of these 11 things change your life?

If I recall myself correctly, I had a bit of a tough time trying to figure this question out for the Reverb 10 post at the beginning of the year. And yet--going back over it, reading it now, it just sounds so darned smart. So smart, in fact, that I find myself hard pressed to think of eleven new things to shuck in 2012. Besides--I made that great, wonderful, I'm-going-to-get-rid-of-these-things proclamation right at the beginning of January, and then proceeded to stress/worry/be afraid anyway. Amazing, isn't it, how you can decide one thing for yourself on a particular day and then find yourself unraveling only days later. 

So I'm cheating for this Reverb 11 post. And repeating the eleven things that I acknowledged I did not need at the beginning of the year. (With perhaps one or two adjustments.) I still don't need them, and I still struggle, and I might as well own up to it. 

For 2012, I do not need:

1)  to feel guilty (unless absolutely warranted, and I don't generally do much to warrant absolute guilt -- the fact that I have, in spite of this, continued to feel guilty about pretty much everything has been a major factor in the depression that characterized much of 2010 and persisted in leaking into 2011)

2)  to spend so much time on the Internet (HA)

3)  a nice new Volkswagen Golf (it would be nice, for sure, but really truly?  Don't need one)

4)   a 9-5 career (still sure about this, as much as my Keeping-Up-With-The-Joneses Other Self would beg to differ)

5)  stress -- I don't know about you, but I've had enough!

6)  to procrastinate

7) to prove anything to anybody, least of all myself

8)  to eat so much chocolate (whether I want to refrain from eating so much chocolate is a different matter altogether)

9)  to worry about Having It All Together

10)  goals (see this blog post. A tad counter-intuitive, perhaps, but my experience of the past few years has been that Goals, and the impossible deadlines I impose on them, inevitably make me feel Guilty, and so!)

11)  to worry, period

And ... well. Let's see how far I get.

1 comment:

  1. I like these posts, and what you wrote for this one. I also like that it forces you to turn the tables and think about what you don't need, rather than the usual, I NEED.

    My list is similar, though the chocolate one would never have occurred to me. :)