So here we are in 2020, and I have more than enough ideas about what I want to do this year, all of them positive (ie focussing on taking on things rather than giving things up).
I’ll write a review of how my 2019 went soon, but in the meantime, I’ll just say that I was sufficiently happy with all of them to want to carry on with them into this year. They have essentially become the new normal for me (with the exception of weight loss, more of which in due course).
But for now my focus is on looking to the future, to how my word ‘enough‘ will translate into action (or maybe inaction?) this year. I’m considering deciding on a theme for each month. I’m definitely doing this in January: this month my focus is:
- Enough prevarication: getting on and finishing/doing those things I have already decided or said I will do, or have started but not finished. This will include some actions for others (including Bath City Farm), some for myself, and some for others. I have made a list of what I need to do, in several categories, and I will do at least one thing (and sometimes more) every single day – of which there are now 25 left, including today. I’m glad to say that I have already ticked off 5 things, but there are more than enough things left to do.
In addition, here are some other ‘enough‘ opportunities I have identified. There will be more.
- Enough books: in this I take inspiration from several other bloggers, who have prioritised reading the books they already have. During last year Malcolm and I both did a first big sort of our books, and gave away many that no longer have meaning or appeal for us (or else books that do have meaning, but would be of more use being liberated into the world to be read by others, rather than languishing unread on our shelves). I can see another sort through of books coming, along with much re-reading of what I already have. I will continue to borrow books from friends and from the library, and sometimes charity shops. I will avoid buying new books (though there may be exceptions for exceptional books).
- Enough clothes: I already have enough clothes to see me through the rest of my life (apart from underwear, which does need replacing regularly). Last year I had an honest look at what I had, and I gave away many things that I had grown out of, either physically or emotionally. I am still left with more than plenty. In addition, the more I read about the depredation caused by the clothes/fashion industry, the less I want to be any part of it. So, while I’m not saying I will never buy anything new, this year my priority is to make the most (and best) of what I already have (repairing; pairing and wearing differently), if possible to buy second-hand if I want/need something else, and only as a last resort buy anything new – always thoughtfully and carefully, paying close attention to the ethical values and practice of the seller/maker.
And for now, that’s enough to be going on with. I have things to do, and tasks to tick off my lists.