Most years I spend time thinking about what me OLW will be. You could say that I audition words and see if they fit me and what my expectations for the coming year are.
This was not the case this year. I was driving back from the recycling bins where I dropped off some plastic… cardboard… glass… and aluminum cans. I had the car radio on and I was listening to a Broadway station on Sirius. I was not thinking about my OLW. If I were to be honest I wasn’t thinking about anything at all.
For no apparent reason a word popped into my head. Maybe it was because of the traveling we’ve done over the last few years or maybe it was because of some new responsibilities I have taken on this year. I don’t know. Anyway, as I thought about the word it made me realize that this is the word I want to guide me through 2019.
The word is EXPLORE. I want to try new things this year. Maybe exploring will take the form of writing in new formats, especially ones I am not totally comfortable with. This cold come in handy during the March Challenge. Maybe it will include trying new dishes and ways of cooking. I did get two slow cooker cook books for Christmas. I think it is a hint.
Maybe we will get the urge to take another road trip. That is always exciting. Our retired teachers group is planning a mystery trip that could be exciting. One thing I KNOW I will explore is my leadership qualities since I just took over the presidency of the Dauphin County Chapter of the Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees.
I would like to explore new authors and genres of books. I admit that I gravitate to mystery/ adventure/horror stories. I tend to pick the same authors. There are so many other kinds of books and authors out there that I am missing because I don’t usually reach for them.
Who knows what kinds of opportunities might pop up throughout the year, but I know that I will explore all options that come my way. I also know that whatever I explore will somehow find its way into this blog.