Monday, December 20, 2010

Reverb 10: Day 20 - Beyond Avoidance

Today's Reverb 10 prompt:

December 20 – Beyond Avoidance.

What should you have done this year but didn’t because you were too scared, worried, unsure, busy or otherwise deterred from doing? (Bonus: Will you do it?)

(Author: Jake Nickell)

I have in the past been the self-dubbed queen of avoidance.  It's a particular skill of mine, avoidance.

But this year was not a year that it actually saw a lot of practice.

Circumstances made the things I would have rather avoided pretty much impossible to ignore.

I mean, when you lose a job you'd thought totally secure, the day after your baby brother's wedding, well, it has a way of forcing your hand.  That one forced the "stop and pray and listen to hear what direction to go next" thing that I'd been putting off for far too long.

My moving into grandma's house brought some, um, interesting family stuff to light.  No avoiding there either.  I was living in the middle of it.

And, this year I made a decision I'd been consciously avoiding for at least five years on one level or another.  I'm glad I made that decision, too.  (And yes, I am avoiding saying what that decision was!  A girl has to have some secrets to share in long skype conversations, or chats over coffee!)

All in all, I'd say it's actually been a year for the opposite of avoidance.

Weird for the self-declared queen.

But a good weird.

Maybe avoidance is a skill that is actually better off collecting dust.