#reverb10, day 18: Try

Blah blah behind, catching up, etc. A prompt from a few days back:

Try. What do you want to try next year? Is there something you wanted to try in 2010? What happened when you did / didn’t go for it?

I am foiled by this prompt. I know what I’m supposed to be thinking is something like “I want to try rock climbing!” or “I want to try cooking something radically new” or “I want to try knitting again” or whatever. But I’m not coming up with anything like that; nothing new I want to check out is coming to mind at the moment.

Instead, what I’m coming up with is “try and”: “I want to try and run more often” or “I want to try and lose that five pounds I’ve been whining about for the last two years” or “I want to try and maintain a better sense of balance between work and the rest of my life.” Etcetera. Things I know I need to do but that I also know are really hard.

So perhaps what I want to try in 2011 is shifting my focus from “try and” to “try” — thinking less about accomplishing tasks and more about adventure. Surely there’s something new out there I’d like to check out, no?

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