The Daily Post Weekly writing challenge is to write a list;
For this week’s challenge, I invite you to breathe new life into the established genre of the end-of-year countdown list. Sure, you’re welcome to share your top-20 books, songs, or obscure craft beers of the year. But you could also try something a bit different.
My grandmother once told me that I should learn one new thing a day. I think that was wise advice and I have always tried to keep her words in mind. Learning new things keeps me young and I hope, sharp minded.
There are different kinds of learning though. You can learn new facts about a subject, new ideas, new words, all kinds of new things. As long as I’m learning, I’m happy.
This past year was not an easy year for me. It was a learning year, though. I found out more about myself, my life, my choices, my wants and my needs. So for this writing challenge I am going to list all the things I’ve learned this year.
- I’ve learned that life can be a bitch. I all ready knew that one, but it was reinforced this past year with a vengeance.
- I’ve learned that I am much stronger than I thought I was.
- I’ve learned that I am much weaker than I knew.
- I’ve learned that you can trust some people. Believe me that is a hard one for me to learn, but yes, I can trust some people and they won’t turn around and stab me in the back.
- I’ve learned I can be trusted with secrets.
- I’ve learned I can be a really good friend. I know this sounds strange, but sometimes I wasn’t sure about myself. Now I am.
- I’ve learned that change doesn’t scare me. I kind of knew that about myself anyway, but it’s nice to learn it over again.
- I’ve learned patience. Or I should amend that, I AM learning patience. I always thought I was, but this past year has put it to the ultimate test. Sometimes I failed. I’m honest enough to admit that, but then I try again.
- I’ve learned that people in constant pain are very strong people, they have to be.
- I’ve learned that people in constant pain sometimes wish to end it, a final end. My husband has hinted at it a few times, that scares me, but now I understand a bit more why he would have those thoughts. One day he might follow through with those thoughts and put it into action.
- I’ve learned that my depression is trying to take hold once more.
- I’ve learned to fight that depression, every single day.
- I’ve learned that trying to work with government bureaucracy is an ongoing test of my patience and temper.
- I’ve learned that my mother and I can become friends. We still hit a rough patch now and then, but it’s getting less and less that we do. More and more we are learning to appreciate each other and laugh with each other.
- I’ve learned that I love writing even more than I thought.
- I’ve learned that the people on WordPress on the whole are a wonderful, loving, nurturing group of people. Sure, you might find the odd asshat, or an attention whore, but this community is strong and vital and I am so glad I’m here with you all.
- I’ve learned that blogging is the best therapy I’ve found.
- I’ve learned that I still have the capacity to love, I thought I lost that along the way.
- I’ve learned that I need to give myself a break now and then.
- I’ve learned that some life choices were very hard to make, but I’m glad I did make the choices I made.
- I’ve learned that my bad knee hates weather that is -25c.
- I’ve learned how to walk with a cane, not be ashamed of it, and to find other uses for a cane that I would never have thought about before!
- I’ve learned how to forgive myself for not being a better housekeeper, there are more important things in life than getting rid of a layer of dust somewhere.
- I’ve learned that I actually like writing poetry, who would have thunk it?
- I’ve learned to keep my sense of humor, even in the most trying of times. It saved my ass a few times this past year.
- I’ve learned that I’ve learned a hell of a lot this year!
There you have it. I’m sure I’ve missed something, but I believe I got the most important lessons down that I learned this year. I’m sure I’m due for some more teachings along the way next year.
What is the one most important lesson YOU have learned this year?