December 15 – “5 Minutes” Imagine you will completely lose your memory of 2010 in five minutes. Set an alarm for five minutes and capture the things you most want to remember about 2010. (Author: Patti Digh)
You’re loved. Tim loves you, and is your partner, and you don’t have to be sad or anxious, because he’s there to back you up. Also, don’t forget that mental health is important.
You’re pregnant. It was kind of a magical moment when you peed on a stick and it was positive, just as you suspected it was while Tim was telling you that you just had a cold. And the fetal movements are magical and special, and you wait for them as you go to sleep, and stay in bed until you feel the first one in the morning.
Your sister graduated from college, though she won’t walk until 2011. She’s fierce and lovely and when she doesn’t need care, she is good to bounce ideas off of and have her take care of you.
You went to DC this year, and had a lot of fun there for three days. You walked a lot, saw the Capitol for the first time, and had a tour by your friend Jeff, who was a Page there back in the day. You wanted to write a novel about Pages, a young adult political thriller, but NaNo exhausted you this year. It doesn’t mean that you can’t ever write this book though, you’ll get there.
You did a writing workshop! You had strangers critique the first twenty pages of the book you wrote for NaNo09, and they liked your characters, the set up, they encouraged you, however, to focus on stories for both of your characters, and to use the set up that you provided. It was am important and humbling step towards your pie in the sky dream job as a writer.
You’re growing up. You’re moving into a Condo you’re going to own, you’re applying to grad schools, you’re working on your marriage and team work. You’re taking care of yourself before others; you are growing up. It made 2010 a magical year, even though nothing big like weddings or births happened — transition, foundation, but a magical year.