As we discussed last week, today is my pretend birthday. Hooray! Pretend birthday hats for everyone.
Three and eleven are my favorite numbers, so age 33 is particularly auspicious. If you see me, you should probably rub my tummy for good luck.
Every year, I make birthday resolutions, because I find them weightier than the New Year’s variety. This year, I have three big ones:
1. Don’t drop-kick the puppy.
In Bird by Bird, Anne Lamott writes:
“Try looking at your mind as a wayward puppy that you are trying to paper train. You donâ€™t drop-kick a puppy into the neighborâ€™s yard every time it piddles on the floor. You just keep bringing it back to the newspaper.”
This year, I’d like to be a little gentler with myself. I need to focus on my health, my environment, and the present tense. I’m going to take all the time I waste replaying my various inadequacies, and spend it celebrating the things I should be grateful for instead.
2. Make my work the best it can be.
Here’s the part where I lay a little Oprah on you — she always comes up when I’m course plotting. She says the defining question in her life is:
“How do you use your life to best serve yourself and then extend that to the world?”
I spend a disproportionate amount of time working, and this is because I have an awesome job. I’m feeling inspired lately, especially by the design community, and I’d like to use that momentum to rethink the Mighty sites with Oprah’s question in mind.
3. Harness the good.
This is something I think about almost every day. There are so many of you. I’d like to know more about what you know, and find ways to make each others’ lives better. I’m still working through the details, but I want to do some sort of group project with the Mighty Life Lists many of you made with me. Perhaps we could start by crossing a few things off.
Anyway, that’s the overview. There are many detailed to-dos attached to each goal, and I’m excited to tackle them. It’s going to be a good year. You come too.