Resolutions. It just about the time that we all start forgetting about them. I always had the same generic ones, lose weight, find a boyfriend, no more french fries. However a couple years ago I switched my focus from practical resolutions to fun ones. One year it was to teach myself how to cook, the next year was to make sure I visited a city I never had before. Even though last years was a bit of a failure (the guitar is still sitting in the box) I am going to make sure I have fun with 2016.
This year I’ve decided I will try and do something I’ve never done each month. The inspiration for January came in the form of an email from my friend Maggie. She has been taking an oil painting class that her friend teaches and wanted to know if I were interested. Oil painting? Well I kicked ass at Paint Nite so how hard could it be right? Um wrong. Its really hard. It will be my third week this Wednesday and although my painting looks like a big brown blob right now, I love the class. I’ve never done anything like it. I’m still just grasping (using that word generously) the basics of shading and mixing but its three hours of focused meditation that doesn’t allow for any distractions. I’m trying to get over the fact that Maggie’s painting already looks like a pretty pastel fairy land.
I love this resolution! I probably never would have signed up for this class if I didn’t have this resolution in mind. And I don’t love it because I’m good (I’m not) but I love it because its new and different and takes me out of my routine. Now I’m really excited for February. Rock climbing maybe? If only I could give up those french fries.
ps- for any New Yorkers that are interested, the classes I take are at the Manny Cantor Center on East Broadway right by the F stop. Its a great class for beginners. Let me know if you want more info!