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R.I.P. Me

In Life Goals on July 26, 2010 at 1:22 am

I watched an episode of Nip/Tuck today that got me thinking. In it, one of the characters writes his own obituary. He describes it as a “motivational thing.” So, I decided to write my obituary. And, I think it was really good for me.

So, I recommend YOU write your obituary!

I’m not going to post what I wrote. But, recently, I decided to make yet another life change. My certification program for teaching is being cut. Teachers around her are being laid off. I decided that, instead of doing what I thought I should do, I should actually follow my dreams. Changing your life mid-stride is kind of hard, but I think I’m well on my way towards getting back on track. And, the obituary writing helped me see where my life could go.

I wrote down the awards I would like to receive and the career I would like to have (professional writer). I wrote down my new MA goal as if I’d achieved it in the next few years (I am now working towards a Professional Writing MA). I wrote down my survivors, assuming I eventually raise two daughters. Just in case, because I’m still on the wall as to whether or not I’d like to ever have kids. I wrote down the type of books and articles I would like to write and finished it all up with a lifetime’s worth of philanthropy and volunteerism. It was a pretty good life.

One day, I may go through my journal and compare my actual accomplishments with those I wrote down earlier today. It will be interesting to see how they line up.

Crafty Day

In Knitting, New Orleans, The Art of Writing on July 7, 2010 at 4:29 pm

It looks like I will be joining a craft group tonight. I will probably be knitting a kippah (I tend to do that). I might also bring my sketch book and some oil pastels for the occasion.

In Tampa, I was a member of a knitting group that met weekly at a coffee shop. The leader of the group moved to San Francisco, and we somewhat disbanded. I was also a member of a writing group that met twice. I was the head of that group. There wasn’t much real interest in it.

Here, I am also a member of a writing group. It is run by other people, and I am on probation for the next two weeks, then members will start critiquing my writing. I think writers should join writers group to build their productivity in addition to allowing them to have new sets of eyes look over their work. My productivity has skyrocketed in the past two weeks (although, being unemployed may also have something to do with it).

I think it is somewhat funny that my writer’s group meets in B&N, but the craft group tonight is meeting in an independent dive bar/ pub. Tonight should be interesting.