an end, a beginning, etc…

Okay, so it’s the last day of 2010 and I’ve been spending a lot of time thinking about my New Year’s resolutions. Things I should change, things I can do better. You know the drill. But then I realized that the one thing that I really learned this year was to STOP pushing so hard and raising the bar so high. Instead of listing what I’d like to be, I’m going to focus on what’s already been accomplished. So without further ado, and before the year gets any older, here’s a list of a few things I learned in 2010, in no particular order: (these are cross-posted to Twitter, as well, which is why they are so concise)

1. Just about ANY monotonous task can be made bearable by watching The Real Housewives as you do it.

2. No matter how hard the writing gets, it won’t literally kill me. At least, it hasn’t yet.

3. It is okay that I don’t like Indian food. No, really. It is!

4. It is better to buy country ham biscuits than to make them. For the smell they make cooking alone.

5. A good liquid eyeliner is really all I need to take me from barely upright to “making an effort.”

6. It doesn’t matter HOW good I think I am at anything else. If I have a bad day as a parent, I feel like a failure.

7. The health of the people I love is all that really matters in this world. Period.

8. Forgiveness is hard. Acceptance is doable.

9. Sometimes really, really bad things happen to people, and there is no explanation and no reason whatsoever.

10. There are worse addictions than reality TV, chocolate and coffee.

Of course, there are more. I am sure I will keep thinking of them as this night, and the end of this year, goes on. For now, all that matters is that I keep in mind that learning is what really matters anyway. Not perfection, no ideals. Just doing the best you can, picking yourself up and brushing yourself off when it doesn’t work out, and moving on. Oh, and laughing helps too. In fact, it’s crucial.

I hope you all have a very happy and safe New Year’s Eve, and the very best in 2011!

Have a great night, everyone!