Things I’ve discovered, things I’ve enjoyed/learned, stuff I didn’t enjoy and still have not learned and all are not necessarily in any order as presented below:

  1. Truly enjoyed going to college
  2. Enjoyed hanging with good friends
  3. Absolutely in awe watching lightning strike in the distance
  4. Happy spending a rainy day with nothing to do
  5. Occasionally taking naps in the afternoon
  6. Enjoyed listening to the rain
  7. I actually liked not feeling I have to be scheduled to do things all the time
  8. Enjoying projects in jewelry making, especially with friends
  9. Drinking wine
  10. Being alone
  11. Noticing the clouds
  12. Accepting that I am not high maintenance but very capable of being in that state of mind
  13. I loved the Anatomy class I took last year.  I am absolutely in awe with the information I learned
  14. I am a good person and I deserve to be treated with respect and kindness
  15. Being alone and drinking wine is healthy
  16. That I have terrific kids
  17. That I must surround myself with friends who have positive energy vs. people who are constantly negative with their lives.
  18. There are people, not many, but there are special people out there who can heal others in different ways than we are accustom to.
  19. Music must be part of my life as long as I can hear it and if a day comes where I will not be able to hear it, I’ll feel it.
  20. It’s important to have dreams
  21. That aging and old age do not have to be as frightening as my parents have convinced themselves it is.
  22. My circle of women friends is of utmost importance to me and I am so lucky to be surrounded by these special women
  23. Patience, something I never had and sometimes still don’t have, but trying
  24. Judging people, something I am very quick to do and still do but I am trying not to
  25. Complaining less about anything I have no plans on changing.  If I can’t change something or won’t change something, then whats the purpose in complaining?
  26. That a decade is not so far off and that a decade past was not that long ago
  27. That life is too short to not have a sense of humor
  28. I should have carried my camera with me wherever I went. So many pics that should have been taken on the spot.
  29. I still don’t enjoy yoga probably because I don’t understand it
  30. I let my hair grow and finally like it
  31. That I still hate cleaning even with more time to do it
  32. I didn’t read enough
  33. I didn’t spend that much less time on the computer
  34. Did not enjoy memorizing material for an exam or writing papers (just like old times)
  35. I didn’t do more than 1/4 of my “TO DO” list during the year which I wrote before my sabbatical started.
  36. I didn’t go to many museums and shows and should have
  37. I should have learned to swim even though I took a class and several over my lifetime
  38. I should have pursued playing an instrument
  39. I still dislike the people I disliked

I guess the only thing to add is that I know when the time comes, I’m going to love retirement.  Just wish I didn’t have to return to work for seven more years to get there.

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2 Responses to “A Year in Review – What I learned, didn’t learn, enjoyed and didn’t”
  1. kim says:

    The first part is very profound. I think the fifties is a decade of transition. So far I hate it. Thought #8 on “things you did not learn” was an interesting observation. Wondering what prompted it. You expected to suddenly like people you couldn’t stand before or what? I believe I will always dislike certain people, though I’ve learned to tolerate them just by accepting the fact I’ll never like them. Somehow that lets me off the hook from trying, and then I can focus on the task at hand or personal goals without being confrontational. It does seem like solid relationships become more important as we age.

  2. Leigh says:

    My friend… I too feel so blessed by the women friends that are such a big part of my life.
    Though I don’t know what half of them sound like, they’re friends true blue, in my heart and my life.
    What I would do without them is a place I’d rather not visit….

    Being alone, noticing clouds, letting your hair grow…. drinking wine, alone, and being OK with it…. seemingly mundane events….. but when you’re IN THOSE MOMENTS, and you’re TRULY ALIVE in those moments…. they have deeper significance!!

    Well said P. I’m there with ya. Not in the last legs of any sabbatical, but in the growth that comes when you’re aware.

    mwah. That was a big wet one from a wetbulldog to you.


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