Although I’m a retired psychotherapist, I haven’t turned off the inquisitive (nosy) part of my brain. I’m still fascinated by what makes people tick. To me, there’s nothing more interesting than humans, and what goes on upstairs. Outer space looks cool too, no argument there, but I’m more turned on by inner space.
In the coming year, resolve to get to know yourself better; it will be rewarding. The days of actual New Year’s resolutions are behind me. I still set goals and make plans, but those old “exercise more,” “eat better,” and “be a nicer person in general” are now (I hope) ingrained habits.
So here are some questions to help you, and me, get to know ourselves better next year. They’re great conversation makers too, with your significant other/s and, if you’re in the swing, at a cocktail party.
What do I still want to try? For me, skydiving has never been on the list. But many things still are, like living in a big city for a couple of months, singing in public, and taking a small-boat cruise of the Mediterranean.
What does my inner critical voice say? “You’re too old for that.” Oh, shut up, critical voice.
How do I calm or comfort myself? This is one thing that’s gotten so much easier with age. I meditate, or ride my bike, or sing, or watch “The Crown” on Netflix.
Am I an introvert or extrovert? I’m a strong introvert who knows how to be an extrovert when the occasion requires. A day of non-stop interacting with people, like when I work at the thrift, means practically no conversation at night. Must recharge the batteries.
What matters most to me? I love this question. Many things matter, and I can’t publish them all. But I’ve found that in addition to taking care of my own mental health, my relationship with my husband is the foundation of joy. When we’re humming along together, life is good.
I would love to hear your answers to any or all of the above! Stay fabulous, and see you at the new “Easy does it” Visible Monday,
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