Skip the Resolutions

We all have bucket lists but often they border on the impossible or way-too -expensive to really be realistic. As my friend and I discussed bucket lists one day, we drifted slightly off the subject to another friend of hers. Apparently this woman has the habit of doing unusual things at least once a month. The concept is to expand personal ability and continue to learn new things. Wow! Doesn’t that sound great?

My friend and I continued to chat about new experiences and decided to somewhat copy this idea. We’re calling it a cup list. It’s much smaller than a bucket list and much easier to obtain. We have vowed to do something each month that we’ve never before done. For January, I registered to take an American Sign Language class. I always wanted to learn beyond the few words that I do know.

My friend and I are talking about maybe doing some sort of food by going to non-American-style restaurant that we’ve never tried. That might be difficult for me, as I’ve eaten plenty of unusual foods in my life. But I’m game. Although there have been times I really didn’t want to know what I was eating. (It tastes like chicken, it tastes like chicken, it tastes like chicken. Yeah, right. NOT!) This time, I can choose. The idea is to learn something ahead of time about what we are eating or the country from which it came. We’re not in school and we don’t need memorize the gross national products. But wouldn’t be interesting to know where this particular fruit…

This year will be the year of personal growth with cups filled with new things to explore and do. I don’t know what will go into February’s cup or any other cup. I think it might be fun to just wait and see what things become available or where my interest might take me. Maybe it will be a class in art history, or an opportunity to do something I would have never dreamed of doing, but now I have eleven cups to fill. I must fill them. I’ve filled my first one with classes in ASL (American Sign Language).

We should never stop learning or pushing ourselves to try new things. Besides it’s easier to place a tick mark next to a cup than it is to try to put one beside a bucket. It’s also a whole lot cheaper then those things on the bucket list. If you’ve never eaten… You just might like it and discover that you will frequently eat it. Remember the cup needs to be new or different. Maybe you’ve had Asian food but you’ve never tried taro. Stick it on your cup list. Have you always wanted to take a class in baking or cake decorating or maybe a class on brewing your own beer or wine making? Maybe a class will come available this spring and you can stick it in a cup.

The fish that I am, would you believe I’ve never snorkeled? I’ve had those cheap kiddie things that if weren’t careful the water poured in through that tube. Maybe I’ll get lucky and find such a thing available near where I live. Maybe I’ll order that exotic coffee I’ve wanted to try. I’ve got eleven cups to fill!

In a convoluted way, I should have an interesting year, and when I’m finished, I can look back and see all my accomplishments. Pick small things like mini treats for the brain to savor. If I make my tongue happy, too, that’s even better. What if I discover that zip-lining is something I never want to do again? That’s okay because I can at least say I did that once. No, I’m not going to jump out of airplane! I don’t mind pushing myself to do things, but there are activities that to me are off limits. Parachuting is one of them.

The other fun thing about cups is that they don’t have to cost a thing. Other things might cost a few dollars, but remember to keep the cups reasonable and not something super expensive that might be better on a bucket list. But if that bucket list item pops up, don’t ignore it!

Doesn’t this sound like more fun than resolutions? I’m looking forward this list and if I sneak in a few extra cups, I will!

So what’s on your cup list?

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11 Responses to Skip the Resolutions

  1. susanrhughes says:

    Ballroom dancing lessons, maybe?

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  2. Jill James says:

    A painting class, maybe. For sure, indoor skydiving (no plane) Ziplining this summer.

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    • E. Ayers says:

      Indoor sky diving? I’ve never heard of that. Sounds interesting and maybe a lot safer. A friend’s mother, who is a lot older than I am, loves to go ziplining. I think that will go into a cup if the importunity ever arises.

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  3. Jude Knight says:

    What a wonderful idea. A cup list! I am now working part time, so perhaps I’ll be able to fit in painting classes. I’d love to do that. We’ve instituted the practice of a day trip at least once a fortnight, just me and my beloved, using the Gold Cards that every New Zealander over the age of 65 is given, and that give free day-time travel on trains and buses. A date day, if you will. We took our first today. I’m going to take up patchwork again. I made some quilted stockings for grandchildren in December, and fell back in love with the practice, so perhaps I will finish the quilt I started with my eldest grandchild was a baby (18 years ago).

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    • E. Ayers says:

      It sounds like a fun thing to do – day trips. The concept of expanding the mind and body, and enriching one’s self is something that we often forget to do in our busy hustle bustle lives. Yet this is really what we crave. And the more we learn diverse things and do such things, the more interesting we become. I’m loving the idea of cups.

      So glad to hear you are back to quilting (patchwork). It’s a relaxing and self fulfilling.

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  4. Carol says:

    Love your cup list idea. Maybe you could learn to crochet? Very relaxing. Good luck with your list.

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    • E. Ayers says:

      Crochet…I can do. Knit…I can’t keep the tension even. 😦 Embroidery, crewel, bargello, hucking, petit point, hooking, etc., I think I’ve done it all. If you do it with thread, wool or ropes, I’ve done it and enjoyed it. I’ve even tried spinning but I never had a chance to get good at it. But for anyone who has never tried, do it! It’s fun. There’s a local group here that gets together and knits. Even the husbands knit!

      The concept is to do something new and learn something different.
      🙂

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  5. leighmorgan1 says:

    I LOVE this idea, E.! It’s perfect because it’s challenging, yet doable. I’m really not sure what I’d add to my cup list—you’ll have me thinking about it on and off all day. I still have days left this month to figure it out.

    I may just go to my favorite resale shop and buy a cup as a tangible reminder of every thing I do on my personal cup list this year. Maybe I’ll add a check on the bottom for every month and year after this one….wow, woman, you’ve got me thinking!

    Happy New Year, E., may every action filling each cup enhance your life. Sounds like 2019 is going to be a growth year.

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