On this last day of 2015, it is fitting that I should write the final update on my project of 52 New Things.
I started off 2015 with a need to shake-up my world a little bit. I felt I was settling into a rut of complacency and I wanted a challenge that would keep me on the edge of my comfort zone. After all, that is the whole point of this blog.
I glibly called it 52 New Things, but I didn’t actually have a list of things I wanted to achieve. That list, however, gradually evolved over the months and back in September, I declared the challenge accomplished with 65 new things completed by the end of August.
As the year comes to a close, the final tally is now 85 new things. Broken down in the broad categories I created, it looks something like this:
Travel = 19
Around Toronto = 14
New Foods = 12
Unusual Recipes = 11
New Experiences = 9
Personal Development = 9
New Projects = 4
Meeting Bloggers = 3
Miscellaneous = 4
With a few exceptions – like the Royal Winter Agricultural Fair – I hadn’t written much about the new things I experienced in the past 4 months.
I hadn’t talked about the Remembrance Day ceremony I attended at Old City Hall. I hadn’t attended a November 11th ceremony since I was a child.
I have a deep-seated discomfort of large crowds and will find creative excuses to avoid attending anything guaranteed to draw a lot of people.
Nor had I written about the wonderful day I spent in Orangeville – northwest of Toronto – on a beautiful autumn’s day, to discover the wood carvings in the downtown core that had been created from the remains of dead trees.
How could I have failed to write about the day Gilles and I went cycling along the Don River Trail only a few short weeks ago?
… or the day Helen and I went hiking on the Niagara Escarpment at Tews Falls?
… or the visit to the Royal Ontario Museum for the Pompeii exhibit?
I think you get the point.
It’s been a year of discovery … most of it amazing, all of it interesting, even when it’s been disgusting. Yes, I’m talking about that misadventure in False Elephant Snout.
In its annual summary, WordPress informed me that 3 of my top 5 posts were related to 52 New Things:
I intend to continue this adventure in 2016. Stealing shamelessly from Steven Covey’s book The Ten Habits of Highly Effective People, I’ve dubbed the new year “Sharpening The Saw“.
In other words, I want to continue to learn, experience new things, and approach life with an open mind and heart. The only way I know how to do that is to continue to get out and touch the world around me in new and different ways.
Maybe you too will be inspired to try your own New Things List.