It’s 4:54pm at the end of January, and I’m darned if I’m not going to miss out on yet another optimistic opportunity to connect with library and information professionals through the glittering world of blogging and an oddly north american sports metaphor.
What did I learn in 2016?
I learnt that you can make a jump into the unknown, and it will be ok. A new job, a new childcare centre, these are serious challenges! I didn’t really realise how unfamiliar I was with blue sky thinking until it was actively encouraged and required. My modus operandi has usually been to see what can work within established rules and boundaries.
I learnt that it’s ok to try new things, especially in order to see what happens. Now look, we all know it’s ok to try new things, and change is the only constant we can rely on, but there is a subtle shift in that goal. It’s a good way to get some of that curiosity and chaos factor back into setting goals.
I learnt that if something is important enough to you, you will find a way to make it happen. Getting people on board to support a major inter-university collaboration in Sydney in 2017 was a major challenge last year, and although I had a few nos to deal with at the start, I just kept at it, and eventually things fell into place. People were in the right place at the right time, and this little cog could stop whirring in overdrive and slot back in concert with the rest of the machine.
I learnt that even if you want to do something really badly, it doesn’t have to happen the way you planned it. This happens every goddamn week I parent. Sometimes the routine will work, and sometimes it won’t. This might sound maddeningly glib, but it is a real sanity saver.
And I learnt that grief will stop you from doing things, but you won’t realise it until you reflect on all those things that just ground to a halt that time back a couple months ago. So that’s that.
What do I want to learn in 2017?
I’ll just keep it short, and refreshingly honest!
• How to write like a pro
• How I can make myself do things?
• How to finish things