I’m looking at the title of this post, people, trying to decide what to tell you about it.
I’m looking at this entire year, people, trying to decide what to tell you about it.
Here’s a relevant quote, from a movie I love.
“Let me explain. No, there is too much. Let me sum up.”
Here’s a short clip, including that quote:
(thanks to angelofcaine69)
I wanted to find a clip that included JUST that quote, but I couldn’t. So time to move on … to summing up.
Perhaps I avoid summing up. Why? Maybe because summing up can involve numbers*. Or maybe because summing up means conclusions and decisions, which I can also avoid, because I LOVE …
- Creating space for people to come to their own conclusions and decisions.
- Opening up possibilities, rather than restricting them.
And yet, today is a traditional day for summing up and for conclusions. To get closure. To let go of the past (while still respecting its gifts). To move forward.
I’m now looking at the title of this post, again, with a critical** eye. I’m asking myself, “What is true in that title, and what is opinion?”
Well, it’s an undeniable fact that it’s the End of the Year, right now (at least where I live). But … is it really a Big Deal? And if it IS a big deal … to whom? To me? To you? To other people?
I’ll tell you what I love about “Big Deal!” in that title. It implies “Yes” AND “No.” It contains authenticity AND irony.***
Yes, I love that.
Okay! At this point in today’s blog post, ladies and gentlemen, I would like to re-visit my “About” page, which was written a year ago, to see if I have fulfilled my commitments.
ABOUT THIS BLOG
This blog is part of my creative process.
It’s also a way to work on my growing acceptance and appreciation of life, and to share and develop some of the wisdom I’ve been slowly accumulating. My commitment is to start on January 1, 2013 and to blog once daily, throughout 2013.
This blog is also another way for me to take risks, to venture out into the world in new ways, and to embrace and express all my different human feelings– joy, fear, sadness, anger, the whole Emotional Enchilada. I plan to engage in my well-developed sense of play, and approach some painful material, also.
So this blog does a lot for me!
Hey! You know what? I fulfilled those commitments. I shall now take a moment to celebrate that accomplishment, by asking for “New Year Fireworks” from my old friend, Google Images.
(thanks to dailymail.co.uk)
Because celebrating what I’ve done is a skill I continue to work on (and encourage in others), I would like to extend this celebration for few more minutes, via the same request — “New Year fireworks” — from another old friend, YouTube.
(thanks to hanabian)
I’ve learned a lot this year, my dear readers.
What have I learned?
Well, I guess you’ll just have to read those posts I wrote, every day, to really answer that question. But, to emulate Inigo Montoya, let me sum up:
- I blogged.
- I learned many things, from myself and from other people.
- I have a lot more to learn.
- Therefore, I will continue to blog, as long as I have ideas, and as long as anybody wants to keep reading.
Since I’m continuing on this blogging adventure, what to do about the title of this blog? I mean, it’s “The Year of Living Non-Judgmentally” and that year is coming to a close, today. So, obviously, I have to change it.
That’s been another thing on my friggin’ to do list, y’know?
Well, I highly recommend taking the easy way out, whenever possible. Keep it simple.
And every change, no matter how small, still counts. Every change is a Big Deal.
So without further ado, I shall now unveil the new title of this here blog:
The Year(s) of Living Non-Judgmentally
Yep, that’s it!
I don’t know what YOU think or feel about THAT. However, I do know this:
I LOVE it.
Thanks to all my readers for a year of living, loving, and learning; of disappointment and hope; of fear, sadness, anger, and joy; of all those big deals and more. See you tomorrow, in 2014!
* I don’t want people to get the wrong idea, regarding my feelings about numbers. I love numbers, sometimes. However, numbers are not my native language, so sometimes they challenge me. Hmmm. I don’t like the way I said that. “They challenge me” is too mild, too wimpy a statement. How about this? Sometime, I hate numbers. Nope, too strong. How about this? Sometimes, numbers make me crazy. Nope, “crazy” is not a great word for me to use. How about this? Sometimes they make me angry. Nope, people have trouble with anger. Arrrghh! What’s the right word, regarding me and numbers? Damned if I know, right now. Maybe I’ll figure that out next year.
** In other words, with judgment! Did you catch me?
*** Or humor or sarcasm or whatever else you want to call that.