For many years, I’ve been talking about/intending to/working on . . . writing a personal manifesto. (Here’s a post I wrote about writing a manifesto back in 2021, back when my one little word was root. That’s probably the closest I’ve ever come to actually writing one, although I’ve been working on it – off and on – for years now.)
Wouldn’t you know it? Ali Edwards’ team . . . offered a new One Little Word prompt this year for February . . . inviting us to write a personal manifesto! So I gathered all my old manifesto-work-in-progress “stuff,” gave myself the (ahem) space to work on it, and ultimately pulled things together to come up with this . . .
I’m not sure that what I’ve created here is actually a manifesto.
But it is a statement of how I want to live my life . . . for what’s left of my life.
Late last year, I discovered that John Wooden quote somewhere, and it’s kinda become . . . my mantra. I like it: Make each day your masterpiece. And then I came up with the list of words and phrases that embody my personal values (integrity, resilience, nature, creativity, risk, rootedness, curiosity, flexibility, love, joy, humor). Those little words and phrases remind myself . . . just how I might DO that (the making of the masterpiece bit).
And . . . why? Why have I wanted to do this for so long? Why go to all this bother? Well. If you’ve been reading my blog for much time at all, I’m sure you’ve picked up on the fact that . . . I’m big on introspection. I like to self-reflect. I like to go deep to understand myself. It is definitely . . . A Thing . . . for me. Always has been.
By giving myself the time and the space (for years, as it turns out), I’ve been able to put to words . . . what I value, what I have to give, and what I don’t want to miss out on in my life. I think there is some poignancy in doing this now . . . in my 60s. I mean, I have (we ALL have) limited time “left” in our lives. I want to make sure that I maximize whatever time IS “left” to me . . . by doing what matters to me!
My manifesto may not mean much to anyone else, but it does to me. (Which is the point, actually.) I feel clear now . . . and better able to make choices about what to do with my time, and how to apply my limited resources in the best way I can.
I’m glad I’ve finally given myself the . . . space . . . to work this out!
How about you? Have you ever thought about writing a personal manifesto for yourself?