Last year a dear friend sent me a text with a photo of a shirt that said, “Pretty Good at Bad Decisions.” Immediately, I responded to see if she purchased it for me. She was surprised that I would wear it, but yes she most definitely bought it for me.
When you rip apart your life, it seems only fitting that you go back to being a teenager to test limits to find good (and healthy) limits for yourself. I like to say that last year I relived 17-22 with 37/38 year old responsibility; I adulted my teenagering.
For the better part of last year, I behaved like a teenager enjoying a fair amount of good times. Oh the stories that I can tell…The difference is that I knew I needed to pay my bills and make money. Did I make a lot of money last year? Nope. 2018 is the year for audacious professional goals. 2017 was about surviving.
Other ways that I adulted last year included securing health insurance and an umbrella policy on my house. Last year involved a fair amount of mitigating risk in other ways too.
It is with great confidence that I know that a certain guardian angel let me toe the line of risk while keeping me away from actual trouble, namely my Dad. There are situations where I know he was right by my side having a good chuckle, then making sure that I got out safe.
As I embraced becoming authentically myself, part of this was failing and falling forward. Learning to make decisions, good or bad, and be responsible for their outcomes.
One of the most important lessons that I learned about myself last year is that I need to adrenaline junky my way thru life to keep myself in line. This means that healthy adrenaline for me is a necessary part of life. Bouldering, hiking, skiing, figure skating, aerial yoga, go karting, and more to be discovered are healthy outlets for me.
Life is about learning.