I always said that I want to be an eccentric old lady. You know, the kind described in the poem, When I Am An Old Woman I Will Purple. The kind that enjoys her life, speaks her mind and takes no nonsense. The kind that people look at and think, "I'll bet she's lived a fascinating life."
But now, I've decided not to wait. It's been a strange, interesting and challenging year, and I've learned a lot, about myself and others too. And it's helped me to decide to start right now. And so, I'm writing up my Declaration of Eccentricity. I'll share a few of the basic bullet points.
I'm stealing back some time for myself.
It's not going to be easy, but I'm going to carve enough time to accomplish my goals--or at least work toward them. All of them, mind, body and soul. Not just the one that gets triaged to the top while the others get buried. Adjustments will have to be made. There will be whining. But everyone will survive.
I'm wearing what I want.
No, I'm not going to wear red and purple--they really don't go, like the poem says. But I am going to stop feeling guilty for hating dresses and heels. I'm going for the comfort I like and I'm bringing my collection of geeky t-shirts out into the light.
I'm giving back.
I already do some volunteering, but I have some plans I'm excited about. I'll share more as they come to fruition.
I'm calling bullshit.
No, I'm not going to be negative or obnoxious. But I've heard quite a few stories, excuses and flat out lies lately. And from now on I'm calling them.
I'm saying Goodbye
Goodbye to the false and negative people. Goodbye to the takers and the people who only wish to belittle you or bring you down. Instead, I'm gathering up all the open, lovely and supportive people in my life. I'm pulling them close, taking delight in them and holding on for a great ride.
Maybe it sounds selfish when you lay it all out like this, but I hope it's more than that. What I hope is to make life more joyful, both for myself and for those I care about. What about you? Do you want to be eccentric? Do you have an idea on how you'd like to change your life for the better? Share with us! I'll chose one person who makes a relevant comment to win your choice of my back list.