DATE: 5:00:00 PM
I was talking with my friend the other day and we were saying that one of hardest things to do is be honest with yourself. However, ever since that conversation I have been pondering why I am so afraid of self-examination. Who is Marie? That’s what I want to find out.
But how do I embark on such a journey? I was wandering through Borders on my lunch break today and picked up List Your Self; Listmaking as the Way to Self-Discovery, by Segalove and Velick. Wow! Could this be the jumping off point for my journey? The back cover said the following:
“Listmaking is easier than journaling because you don’t have to pour your heart out, record your days, or pass judgment [besides, journaling is too unstructured for me]. One list leads to another and before you know it, you’re on a playful yet profound excursion into your past, present and future—to places filled with self-discovery and awareness.”
As I was reading the Introduction, several phrases jumped out at me.
“For some reason, we love to ignore who or what we really are…List Your Self unlocks the door to your personal identity. It’s an easy, provocative, and liberating opportunity to get to know yourself…Once you start, you’ll suddenly discover an inventory of personal secrets, fears, and desires that flow out effortlessly and surprise you. You’ll feel liberated from the unspoken and the unwritten…List Your Self might seem like a literary Pandora’s box, and it is, but in the best sense. Full of life, good and bad. Full of you.”
As I move into my 40th year, I am embarking on a journey of self-discovery (good and bad). And what will be my first list? List all the qualities you love about being human. I think I can handle that.
On the knitting front…
I am working on several commissioned scarves.
A neon orange fuzzy scarf (that’s what they asked for, that’s what they’re getting).