Today’s Blogging University assignment is to make a list.
Today, let’s write a list. Compiling a list is a way to let loose, unlock ideas, and free your mind. Today, write your own list on one of these topics:
- Things I Like
- Things I’ve Learned
- Things I Wish
- Things You’re Good At
There are no rules, though you can create some boundaries for yourself by deciding in advance how many items you’d like to include, or by setting a timer – try a list of 15 items, set a timer for 45 minutes.
I’m a great list maker. I make lists when creating holiday menus, shopping, and packing for a vacation or move. When it comes to my writing, I’m not so good at lists. I do use the sticky notes feature on my computer. I keep lists of my characters and any details that may be pertinent throughout the story. That’s about the extent of my lists when it comes to my writing.
I wasn’t really certain which list I would choose when I started this post. I was leaning the most towards Things I Like. Mainly because it seemed like the easiest one to write. After all, who can’t come up with a list of things that they like? There is so much great stuff to enjoy in the world. I knew that I wouldn’t write a list of Things I Wish. This is mainly due to superstition. If you share your wishes, then they don’t come true. Right? Then, there is the option of writing a list of Things You’re Good At. I’m not really good at focusing on my positives. I am not really good at focusing on myself. But, Things I’ve Learned is the one that keeps calling to me.
I’ve learned so much in my 37 years. I don’t think I ever really thought to make a list of them, but here we go:
- I’ve learned that being family doesn’t guarantee love.
- I’ve learned that marriage is a lot of hard work and compromise.
- I’ve learned that you have to be flexible because just when you have a handle on things, life throws you a curve ball.
- I’ve learned that some people only care about you if there is some benefit to them.
- I’ve learned that the only person who can truly judge me is me.
- I’ve learned that love is worth more to me than all the fortunes in the world.
- I’ve learned that true love is an amazing gift.
- I’ve learned that I am capable of so much more than I ever imagined I would be.
- I’ve learned that I am strong and resilient.
- I’ve learned that it’s okay to have days where you just don’t want to.
- I’ve learned that if you want something in life, you have to go out and get it.
- I’ve learned that you do not get what you put in and people don’t always get what they deserve.
- I’ve learned to let go of fear and uncertainty and put a little faith and trust in their place.
- I’ve learned that it’s okay that life didn’t turn out the way I planned.
- Most importantly, I’ve learned how to enjoy the life I have.
How about you? Do you have a list of things you’ve learned? Can you make one of the other lists?