“The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.” (Oprah Winfrey)
Have you ever done this?
Have you ever tried to come up with a list of the things that make you unique? Things that are worth celebrating?
I don’t know if it is modesty or humility, or simply an unwillingness to stand up in front of the world and say “This is me. This is what I’ve done. This is who I am.”
Maybe I simply compare myself too often to others, and am unable to see the good in me.
On yesterday’s post, the talented Andra Watkins, who also shares this birthday month with me, wrote this comment:
“You did this. Period. [. . . ]“
Why can’t I just say, “I did this. Period.”? Without the but . . . or the clarification, or the explanation that somehow tries to justify why I am celebrating this particular thing.
Today, as I continue the list, I will try to keep to I did this. Period. (Explaining only enough for you to understand what I”m talking about). Here goes.
12. There’s no way to count the number of words I’ve written, in journals, in stories, in blog posts, in academic papers. Some words remain hidden from the eyes of others, some have been read by a handful of people, and some are just beginning their fearful journey into the light of day.
13. I have completed one novel for middle-grade readers, and one novel for YA/NA. Neither have been published, yet, but I am still hopeful and working toward that.
14. I was nominated for a Po’Okela award (kind of like the Tony’s of Hawaii) in playwriting (as part of a group of writers) for The Kabuki Mikado.
15. I was also nominated for a Po’Okela award in lighting design for two productions The Staircase and Gertrude Stein and Her Companion. Did I mention that I studied lighting design and almost thought of going in that direction?
16. I was the first student at Smith College to design lights for a faculty directed production.
17. For a year after college, I did a combined internship in Electrics/Stage Management at StageWest, a (now defunct) regional theatre in Springfield, MA.
18. While in Japan, I moved from being told that “I was the weakest teacher” (without clarification) to becoming the Head Teacher/Trainer at a bigger school.
19. Over the past few years, I’ve tried to do something outside my comfort zone at least once each year. These things have included: taking a tap class and performing in a recital; taking piano lessons; creating a piece of art that I actually hung on my wall; travelling with a group of near strangers; attending a conference on my own; and starting a blog.
20. I have a couple of poems published in anthologies, and a few articles published in magazines and journals.
21. It’s impossible to count the number of books I’ve read in my lifetime. I love books. They are the things that I haven’t been able to let go of, despite the weight of moving them. I have slowly weened out my collection, but it always grows again.
That’s all for today. It’s getting harder.
What are some thing that you’ve done. Period?