Headed Into The Home Stretch

 

#76. One of my all time favorite movies is Terminator II. I particularly like the humor and the special effects.

#77. It’s been a long time since I’ve been out to see a movie.

#78. For a long time, years, I avoided pizza. Think I had too much of it and just stopped liking it. It’s back on my menu now. Especially fresh-baked and at the pizzeria. Which means it’s still a long time between enjoyments.

#79. I used to bite my nails terribly. All through childhood and into adulthood. In my thirties, I went on a long-term food plan and simply stopped doing it. No conscious effort or thought process involved. I think I had some very strange food issues, lol.

#80. I really dislike it when someone tells me what they want me to do before asking me if I will consider it.

#81. I am very short, only five feet and one inch tall. Although I have often dreamed about having long slim legs, I find being a short person somewhat of an advantage. Most people are not afraid of short individuals, which means they are often surprised.

#82. Because of a back condition, I have to use those battery operated carts when I go shopping. Yes, I have taken out end displays once or twice.

#83. I have been to Montana four times and would love nothing better than to go again. Don’t want to live there, just look.

#84. I find the green, in my home state of Wisconsin, recognizably different from any other place I have ever been. Deeper and more satisfying.

#85. I find the color brown, in all of its varying shades, to be under-rated and too often dismissed. It can be, and is, incredibly striking and beautiful.

#86. I love long rides to nowhere. Destinations, too often, get in the way of complete enjoyment.

#87. I am selfish, especially with my time and energy. What’s more, I see that as a virtue, for the most part.

#88. I like one on one experiences and do not like crowds. I miss too much and begin to feel claustrophobic.

#89. I do not like discussing politics. I find it, too often, a power playing device.

#90. My father passed away over twenty years ago and I still miss him and think about him often. He took me fishing and I was his fishing buddy for years. He was a quiet, gentle man and taught me a great deal, through his actions, about ethics and the things I would need to know, later on in life.

#91. I am a fairly good story-teller if I can stay on track long enough to get to the finish line.

#92. I am the only one of four siblings who was named after my Mother’s siblings. My first name belonged to my Mother’s youngest sister. My middle name was first owned by her oldest one. Both of those women, my aunts, made deep and lasting impressions on me.

#93. My grandmother had nine children and fifty-six grandchildren. Those, in turn, gave her well over a hundred great-grandchildren by the time she died at age 94. That is quite a legacy.

#94. My father was put out for adoption when he was six-months old, then placed in foster care when he was four, due to the Depression. He did re-unite with his biological family as an adult and had a strong bond with his brother who looked a great deal like him.

#95. I think it is a top priority to get to know oneself before attempting to understand others. One is far more apt to be forgiving and truly empathetic if one has done so.

#96. I love fresh apples dipped in caramel sauce.

#97. I use my scanner to get some distance on my coloring projects, both during the process and afterward. It really helps to actually see what is happening and how it might all work.

#98. I have become rather methodical about all of the paper work I do, both the writing and the coloring. I file and label everything. Now, if only I could even begin to do that with all the other stuff in my life.

#99. Color has its own language and I am finally learning how to really listen to it, when it speaks. It knows where it does and doesn’t belong and says, “maybe, maybe not” when there is any hint of a doubt.

#100. I do watch American Idol, and if I had to explain why, we might be here for another 101 list.

#101. I am finished. I am pleased about that and it was far less nerve wracking then I thought it would be. I have learned a great deal, discovered areas I need to look more closely at, and have accumulated several more clean, plastic, ice-cream tubs, but no takers.

By the way, I saw my counselor this past week and told her about doing this list. She was astounded that I would even attempt such a thing. It is extremely gratifying to know that, at my age, I can still astound or mystify anyone.

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4 Responses to Headed Into The Home Stretch

  1. diddums says:

    I’m with you on 87 and 88! 🙂

    I remember doing two lists for a therapist… things I liked about myself, and things I didn’t. One of the things I wrote is that I seem to lack energy and drive, and she said that was just ‘fatigue’. I never forgot that.. that she took something I viewed in a negative light and came up with a positive slant. I do feel fatigued a lot of the time; people with hearing problems feel that in group situations generally, I think, even if we’re gregarious at heart.

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  2. 1sojournal says:

    Thank you for doing for me what your therapist did for you. I find that the older I get the more crowds bother me. I just thought it was me. My hearing loss is far more recent than yours, but that really makes a great deal of sense. Lol, but also points to that anxiety thingy again. I’m afraid of missing what people are saying, or of having to ask them to repeat themselves several times. Thanks much,

    Elizabeth

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  3. diddums says:

    It was reassuring to me too, even while I was remembering. 🙂 When I was younger, I just went with the flow, and felt relaxed and happy with other people. It was only when I realized (with increasing age) that people expected me to behave and react in certain ways that the anxiety grew… because I knew I’d never be what was wanted.

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  4. 1sojournal says:

    I hope you realize that even though we may not be wanted by some, we are absolutely needed by others. That is always the balance. And it is always true.

    Elizabeth

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