s I said in my last post, I'm always interested in learning. I'm just as interested in trying. I'll try most things at least once to see if it's something I'll like. For instance, I rode in a roller coaster once. Didn't like it, and I wouldn't do it again. I tried sushi. Never again. I took a painting class, and one was enough. And the list goes on.
There are so many things I want to try in the coming year, and hopefully, it'll be a much safer and open year so I'll have the opportunities!
I want to
test-drive a Porsche.
take a ride on the Orient Express.
take a ride in a hot air balloon.
go to an observatory
sleep out under the stars
go back to Las Vegas
learn to shoot a bow & arrow
go back to Biltmore House
Will I do all of these things in 2021? Probably not, but it's fun thinking and planning. And there are plenty of other things on the list that I will, most likely, get to do.
I'm always interested in learning new things. I don't think I'll ever get enough of learning. Sometimes, when I'm doing research for a book, I'll learn how to do something, and it's like an ah-ha moment for me. Like "that's how you do that!" I love it.
I take a lot of online classes and watch a lot of Youtube videos to teach myself new things. This year, I learned how to use a new graphics program, and I've been using it non-stop now. I've also continued my Spanish studies, and I started learning Danish because I'm fascinated by Danish culture. And I learned even more about building websites, SEO, and affiliate advertising.
There's another graphics program I want to learn, and I've already found the class for it that I can start next year. I want to start a small garden on my back porch so I'll need to take a class on that. I want to learn more about the fascinating city I live in (Charleston, SC), and I've become fascinated even more with astronomy since I started writing for RedShirtsAlwaysDie.com. So I'll probably take a class on that, too. A beginner's class!
Is there anything you're hoping to learn next year?
And we're off on another quick blogging challenge! I like doing these when I feel like I've been in a blogging rut. Today, the challenge is something I've accomplished that I'm proud of. This one is an easy one for me as I've recently had an essay published in the New York Times!
I can remember years ago when I first started writing, I dreamed of seeing my name in what I called "the big leagues." The New York Times is the big leagues to me, and I made it. I'm not kidding myself that I've "made it." But I am proud of this accomplishment as it's always better to be moving forward than backward!
I love rainy days, but my favorites are rainy nights. So even though this post is supposed to be about days, I'm choosing to share what I do on rainy nights, besides write.
I've previously written about places I wanted to go, but this was a bit of a twist. It's more about things I'd want to do on vacation, well, except for the cruise one. I love cruises and could go on one every six months. There's just something peaceful about sitting on the deck watching the ocean as the ship pushes through the water.
So what are some of your favorite things to do on vacation?
We all have regrets in life. I'm happy to say that, for the most part, I'm now living my life without them. However, over the years, I've had several. Here they are in no particular order.
1. I allowed someone to talk me out of joining the Air Force when I was nineteen. I've always regretted not taking that opportunity.
2. I wish I hadn't waited to so long to buy my first house. I kept putting it off for no reason other than I just didn't want the upkeep. Now I try not to think about all the money I threw away on renting.
3. I shouldn't have gotten a credit card when I was eighteen. I didn't know how to spend money, and it took me ten years to pay off that card!
4. I wish I'd not been so easily swayed when I was a teenager and others were deciding my path in life.
5. I wish I'd never given my heart to someone who didn't really want it.
6. I wish I'd never co-signed for a car with someone. Needless to say, that was a hard lesson learned. Another debt it too, me a long time to pay off.
So what about you? What regrets do you have?
My thoughts, experiences, challenges, and goals. Right here. At least once a week or so. Oh, and opinions, too. Those will definitely come in. Join me!