I have been trying to decide what my New Years Resolution will be and out of the many possibilities.....too many unfortunately....... I have finally started to follow Matt Cutt's advice and have chosen a 30 day activity. So from 3 mornings ago, as I wait for my kettle to boil to make a cup of tea, I create a small dance sequence. My goal is to keep going for the full 30 days. No worrying if is good or bad, or athletic enough or even interesting. Just doing it is fine at the moment. I calculate if I create 15 seconds a day by the end of the 30 days I will have 7 1/2 minutes of dance that can be cut and pasted, turned upside down, danced backwards, danced fast and slow, improvised on and generally played around with.
I find I am someone who functions best with some sort of structure in my life. The Zen way of letting life unfold and simply responding as I mentioned last week is fine in the improvisation class but for me something is missing and that is a goal. After a week of holiday I start getting tetchy and being around me can be a bit explosive.......I might attend to this issue as a resolution as well.......because I don't like being unfocused.
If I didn't have the goal of a performance at the end of the year to choreograph I am sure I would never have made any dance at all. I would have always found an excuse mainly that I was not ready or good enough but "needs must" and consequently this goal has helped me in my own small way develop a choreographic muscle. My dance may not change the world I but I love doing it all the same.
I wonder if others out there find the need for a goal important for their well being. Or if not, what are your strategies in making life meaningful? I would love to hear.