Back at the very start of this year, which feels like just yesterday—and also like 5 years ago—I posted about the 50 things I wanted to do this year that were non-crucial. I made this list because I felt like my big, important, “crucial” life goals were overshadowing some of the less intense things I wanted to do this year.
Also, I love making lists.
So, I listed out all of the things I thought would color my year in a bit. I wanted to have some new experiences and sink my teeth into some things I’d been curious about.
In the summer, however, I checked back in on this list in yet another blog post after experiencing some mental and emotional transformation at the hands of my mentors.
Long story short? I realized I was filling up my lists with things I didn’t actually need or want to do. A lot of it was clutter, added because I saw other people doing cool things and wanting to stamp my name on it, too.
I have a tendency to tack things onto my list for the wrong reasons. I get excited about things and I want to be a part of them. That’s why I thought it was important to go back through the list in this blog post and do an honest check-in with myself.
Were the things on the list actually important to me?
Did I even want to do them?
I considered each item carefully. Was it passion-fueled, fear-fueled, ego-fueled?
You can see my footnotes in that blog post linked just above, where I broke down some of the reasons I crossed things off the list. It was kind of fascinating to pry into the mind of former me from a few months ago (and I’m about to do the same right now to “summer me”).
So… how did I do?