Today’s Reverb 10 prompt:
Imagine you will completely lose your memory of 2010 in five minutes. Set an alarm for five minutes and capture the things you most want to remember about 2010.(Author: Patti Digh)
When I did this exercise there were a few moments that came to mind, including the day I took my niece Emily to the aquarium, but when I thought about what I really needed to remember, it wasn’t the moments, it was the realizations. As I’ve said before, 2010 was a year of self-exploration and self-discovery for me. Throughout the year I turned a few hard and fast-held beliefs about myself right on their heads. I’m different now than I was at the beginning of the year. I want different things for my life. I believe different things about myself. I recognized patterns in my thinking and my behaviour that have been keeping me stuck in a place I now realize I no longer want to be. If I were to forget everything else about 2010, I would want to keep hold of these realizations and carry them forward into 2011.
(The beautiful porcelain milk bottle vases in the photo are handmade by Alyssa Ettinger. I wish that I could afford to fill my home with her work)