This year I’ve attempted a LOT of things. To exercise more, to crochet more, eat healthier, write more, and join groups (and then actually attend outings with said groups) just to name a few. I know there are challenges and goals we all set for ourselves, and many of us do fall short, including myself, over, and over, and over . . . It’s a bit worrisome at times. It feels like failure. I mean, how could it not?
Well, today (or rather, Friday night) I DID accomplish something: If you check out my sidebar I posted a Reading Challenge through the site Goodreads. Because I am 26 this year I decided to read 26 books starting in January of 2012. Last year I tried to do this and only did about 19 out of the 25 book goal I set for myself. But this year, I DID IT!! I read all 26 books, and it feels good. It may seem a little lame, especially to my friends who read quite a bit more than I do (my friend Kim read 100 books before the end of the year, achieving her goal by about October I believe) but this is probably the most books I’ve ever read in 1 year. I think I like movies and television a bit too much, but oh well.
And the books were fantastic. Almost all were books I had never read before, and each of them were so different, even if they were from a series. They were all fiction – I attempted some non-fiction and then set them aside – and ranged from real to surreal. None of them were epic by any means but all of them, even the YA fiction, gave a new perspective and left me with something to think about. This, in the end, is really the minimum you should ask of a book – give me something to chew on, even with the fluffy, beach read type books. Give me a new perspective on relationships, on history, on culture, on sex and love and hope and meaning and the devil and heaven. What does it mean to be a woman, a man? How does it feel to experience the world in someone else’s skin? And not once did the books end the way I predicted, not exactly.
I guess the same can also be said of the challenges I put in front of myself in general. Even if the goal isn’t achieved I’ve been trying my best to be happy with what I’ve attempted and learn from those things. They didn’t all get the follow through I’d like but that didn’t mean I walked away with nothing.
So, hooray to achieving goals, and here’s to another year of challenges 🙂