January 1, 2020 – Journal Prompt
Welcome to January 1, 2020! How are you doing? Ready for our January writing challenge? As I mentioned yesterday, I am planning on writing my answers here, but feel free to make this your own. Post a tweet or an Instagram post, draw a picture with your favorite markers – whatever works for you.
Which Parts of Your Life Are True to You?
Which areas of your life seem the most true to who you are?
Which areas feel inauthentic or forced?
As I said, I’m going to be doing the writing challenge as well. I want to build the habit being creative and of writing daily.
One of the areas where I feel the most authentic is in caring for my dogs. I have four senior dogs, three of who were foster dogs and one that was re-homed to me. I love these old guys with all my heart. They are goofy, smelly, occasionally dirty, very funny dudes, and they all have a place in my heart. Sometimes they take a lot of work and money, so it isn’t always easy. But they always make it worthwhile.
Another area that feels like the real “me” is in my gym, particularly in the weightlifting classes. I’m not saying I am anywhere near as good as I would like to be, but it feels right to be there. I have fun when I am there and I do my best not to miss a class.
Writing, working on this blog and writing for clients is another area that feels authentic to who I am. I have loved writing since I was a child. It is probably one of the oldest parts of myself that is still valid today.
The areas that feel forced are increasingly related to social norms. For example, somewhere along the way I internalized the “women should have long hair” norm. Now that I have cut mine off, it feels more true to who I am. I also remember people saying things about visible tattoos, like that old “what will they look like when you are 90?” saw. That seems just as silly now. Some of this stems from changes in society – more and more people seem to be expressing themselves with wild hair color and tattoos, and it is less and less of an issue. But some of it comes from me, from embracing who I am. Age helps. I am more confident and sure of myself than I once was.
If you are joining the January challenge, please tag me in your social media or send me a note. I’d love to know your thoughts and how things are going for you! Let me know what you think of the challenge and the questions. Your feedback is appreciated!