December 15 - 5 Minutes. Imagine you will completely lose your memory of 2010 in five minutes. Set an alarm for five minutes and capture the things you most want to remember about 2010. (Author: Patti Digh)
I feel like this prompt is a tall order, but here goes.
Setting my timer.
(If you thought this was going to be a post written in five minutes, sorry to disappoint. I made my list and now I’m going to expound on what I’ve listed.) ;)
- Matt’s amazingness. It’s no big secret that I think my husband is tops. But I don’t write about it often enough around here. However, when I do, I try to make a major statement. Few people get to know this man I love well, but I got to be one of the (incredibly lucky) chosen few. Actually, I got the unmistakable pleasure of spending my entire life with him. He makes me laugh, supports me, loves me no matter what. And it’s a daily thing that I want to remember and not take for granted.
- Brandon’s progress. One year ago, as we prepared to enter 2010, Brandon’s vocabulary really started to take off. He’s a late bloomer when it comes to his verbal skills, but like everything, once he starts wanting to use the skills, he’s unstoppable and smart as a whip. Yesterday, he told me “Get up, right now!” (My friend, his daycare provider, will likely note some influence in that statement from some children she knows and loves.) :) It made me smile to hear him express himself so fully and completely, if a little tentatively. We don’t have night wakings or bottles to deal with anymore. We get fewer and fewer requests to be carried. My baby boy has left his babyhood behind, but the best is yet to come. 2011 is going to be another very interesting year with my sweet little boy.
- New friends/community. When I was in my late teens/early twenties, I spent a lot of time in online chat rooms. It was a blast meeting people from all over the world. I had a friend in Russia who practiced his English skills by chatting with me. A friend in Australia who once sent me a chapter from a book he was writing - I was blown away with how good it was. I hope he’s a published author by now. I mostly talked to people in good ol’ North America - many of them Canadians and one of which I stayed in touch with as recently as a couple of years ago. (I should really write her again soon.) Most of my online relationships dwindled as life offline took over and I spent less time in the chat rooms. But this year I jumped into a local community on twitter that has been more rewarding than any previous relationship I’ve started online (with exception to my husband, of course). Now, I’m part of something that is making my life healthier and I’ve made some great friends because of it. The Losing It gang is a significant part of that, but it doesn’t end there. The Ottawa blogging community is a group that does good work for the community at large and supports each other through thick and thin.
- Newfound abilities. This year was a learning experience for me about myself. I learned that I can handle so much more than I ever thought I could. I was forced to deal with conflict in several different ways throughout the year and discovered that I could do it with maturity, dignity and calm strength. I’ve always shied away from conflict in just about every form (often even with family). Whether it was work-related or personal relationships. Learning that I could handle it well was enlightening and empowering.
- New perspective on friendship. Friendship is a precious type of relationship and it’s come up a lot in my writing this year. Whether it’s with a spouse, a family member or a non-relative. When a friendship is good, it benefits all parties. When it’s bad, it’s better to let go. When two people just don’t click, no matter how much you may want it to or how hard you try, sometimes it just makes more sense to let it fizzle out naturally. Making those decisions is hard, but life is too short to take up time on something that’s going nowhere.
- Finally nurturing a hobby I love more than reading. (Hint: Writing.) I started blogging nearly two years ago and didn’t have any idea what I wanted to do, whether I would stick with it (that wasn’t the plan) or if I’d even enjoy it. It didn’t take long before I realized that I really liked the process. I don’t care about being popular or making money off; it’s something I do purely for me.
2010 has been a great year and I don’t want to forget the things that meant the most to me. So, I’m glad this is just a writing prompt and not an inevitability.