Today is Tuesday. Welcome back to “Make a Fresh Start,” where all month I am offering small suggestions for ways to refresh your life.
We are focusing this week on ways to renew your mind, a worthy endeavor at every age and stage. Today’s idea comes from my family’s New Year’s Eve tradition. Each year (this year it was virtual), part of our celebration includes looking ahead to the incoming year. Everyone in attendance records:
- A prediction for the world
- A guess at where the stock market will be at the end of the year
- A prediction for the family
- A resolution
- A topic to study
This last one was added because we often desire to explore new things, but then the busyness of our lives distracts us, stifling these desires. We decided to be intentional about selecting a topic we would like to learn a bit more about. There is no pressure, and some years we never follow up. Nevertheless, lifelong learning is a lot of fun, especially when there are no exams to take. This is the acquisition of knowledge for sheer pleasure.
Believe it or not, my personal topic to study for 2019 was to study up on a lesser-known American historical event. I ended up selecting the flu pandemic of 1918. I discovered that a great way to learn about a subject is by reading a book written for the young adult audience, as it isn’t too dense, but gives all the main facts. When COVID-19 came on the scene, I was fresh full of information about pandemics… it was actually a bit creepy. I could have picked anything!
Is there an event, location, skill, hobby, or other topic that you would enjoy exploring? Give it some thought, and if you come up with one, write it down. Over the course of the year, give yourself permission to pursue this topic. You could set aside a weekend for an exploratory trip, head to the library to check out a book, sign up for a class, listen to a podcast, or simply tinker around the internet. There are no rules or limits.
Does this idea appeal to you? What would you pick for your topic to study?