2011 Skills, Lessons, and Theme Song

2011 Skills, Lessons, and Theme Song

Before I begin the journey of 2012, I find it’s important to reflect the past year and recollect on both the skills I’ve acquired and the lessons I’ve learned. Both are equally important to me. Skills provide me with the sense that I can do things I thought I couldn’t  and lessons provide me with a better understanding of who I am what I value and the direction I want to take for myself.

New Skills Acquired 

1. How to install a ceiling fan by myself. It’s no easy task and yes, it takes longer than the average 30-60 minutes recommended by the instructions, but it can be done. Now, every time as I’m lounging on the sofa and look up to the ceiling and see the fan  rotating without shaking or fear of falling down, I have a sense of pride for what I can do with a little extra time and persistence.

2. How to sew. Something I had wanted to learn years ago, but never took the time. When I found myself in between projects, I suddenly discovered this was the time I had been waiting for. Only a month after my first class, I had completed over 10 projects, and vowed to make 90% of my Christmas gifts. Again, I love a sense of accomplishment after each project.

Lessons Learned

1. Cherish the past, but don’t go back.  Every moment of our lives, every person we encounter molds us into the sculpture we are today. Once the hammer chips at the clay, there’s no going back.  Love the people you’ve met along the way, cherish the memories, but keep moving ahead and don’t settle for what was once comfortable and familiar. The comforts of yesterday only hold you back.

2. Put yourself out there (sometimes). Okay, so I’m not the best at this, but I’m finding with age that putting yourself in situations to be more vulnerable with the possibility of getting hurt is not all that bad. Yes, sometimes people won’t return messages and they’ll blow you off, but at this point I’m good on my own, so I really just don’t care.

2011 Theme Song

And finally, for the 3rd year in a row, I’ve selected a theme song to summarize the year. This year was tough as it was a very reflective kind of year,  but I believe this one said it best.

Don’t Rain on My Parade

Don’t tell me not to live, just sit and putter
Life’s candy and the sun’s a ball of butter
Don’t bring around a cloud to rain on my parade
Don’t tell me not to fly, I simply got to
If someone takes a spill, it’s me and not you
Who told you you’re allowed to rain on my parade
I’ll march my band out, I’ll beat my drum
And if I’m fanned out, your turn at bat, sir
At least I didn’t fake it, hat, sir
I guess I didn’t make it
But whether I’m the rose of sheer perfection
A freckle on the nose of life’s complexion
The Cinderella or the shine apple of its eye
I gotta fly once, I gotta try once,
Only can die once, right, sir?
Ooh, life is juicy, juicy and you see,
I gotta have my bite, sir.
Get ready for me love, ’cause I’m a “comer”
I simply gotta march, my heart’s a drummer
Don’t bring around the cloud to rain on my parade,

I’m gonna live and live NOW!
Get what I want, I know how!
One roll for the whole shebang!
One throw that bell will go clang,
Eye on the target and wham,
One shot, one gun shot and bam!
Hey, Mr. Arnstein, here I am …

I’ll march my band out, I will beat my drum,
And if I’m fanned out, your turn at bat, sir,
At least I didn’t fake it, hat, sir,
I guess I didn’t make it
Get ready for me love, ’cause I’m a “comer”
I simply gotta march, my heart’s a drummer
Nobody, no, nobody, is gonna rain on my parade!

 

 

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