Again I'm feeling limited by the constraints of the prompt, so as I often do in writer's group, I'll just ignore the constraints that I don't care for and write what I want. It's all about GETTING yourself writing, really. Once you're running it's all good.
Lessons learned about myself (and others) in 2010:
1. I crystallized my thinking about the introvert/extrovert thing this year. I'm an introvert. After a party or a day of socializing, I need downtime. I also need to extend this to my family, as they're made of similar ilk.
2. I am a cat person, really really deep down. New kitty still makes me smile, even at 2 AM last night when she was attacking my toes (sidenote: Is this a Universal Kitty Trait? The only other kitty we ever had this young was Selene, who as a kitten would attack toes from her safe position under the futon. That was 16 years ago, so memory is a bit hazy.)
3. I need the "call with no particular reason other than to chat" kinds of friends. I think it has to do with aforementioned introversion, that sometimes I really do need a sounding board, sometimes I do need to talk. It's easy to get into a trap of working solo, thinking solo, writing solo, but at some point I can't just live in my own head. Which brings me to...
4. I work better with deadlines, and people. I have done some work this year that's more self-directed and solitary, and it's hard hard hard. I can write solo, but at some point I need someone else to read my work and tell me if it sucks before I can do anything productive with it. Ditto for more typical "professional" work.
5. Working out often but not at particularly high intensity is really good for my system, I stay healthy and feel like a million bucks, even while the scale remains unchanged. I'll take the feel like a million bucks over weight loss any day, though.
6. I can't write when my kids are around. Love them to pieces, but something about me and the computer (not unlike the relationship of mama:phone) causes them to need frequent, brief interruptions. Painfully frequent ones, you know like just when a train of thought is coming into the station. Maybe it's ESP on the part of the kids. ;)
7. Coffee really is better for me than diet soda. I made the switch sometime early this year and am grateful to have kicked the diet soda habit for the most part (I still have one occasionally with lunch, but no longer in the AM.)
8. To that end, EVERYONE else makes a better cup of coffee than I do, even a cheap diner. Why is that? I'll except Starbucks, but recognize that it's a taste preference more than anything. I find Starbucks coffee on the whole too bitter, too acidic, too something.
9. That I can make an AWESOME loaf of bread. Unreal, never would have believed it a year ago. While I love to cook, I don't do well with baking. Too much precision needed, and very little patience on my part. Since i don't understand the food chemistry very well with baking, I can't call an audible (my husband's term for all the tweaks I make to recipes) as easily, at least without risking total ruin of the food. This bread recipe I've been making is fantastic, though, and very forgiving. Excellent fun.
10. I volunteer for too many things. Should have put THIS on my resolutions for 2011 list, but alas, in some ways I don't want to cut back on my volunteering, as I get much satisfaction out of those activities.
What about you - what have you learned in 2010 about yourself?