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Hello, 2010

One of my favorite people EVER blogged about “Releasing the Aughts” as we snap into this new year. Which makes me think that for me, 2010 and beyond is also about releasing the “oughts.” Which was the whole point of turning 40licious, if you’ve been reading since the beginning.

Watch out for the “oughts” and “shoulds,” with yourself and others. Those words are tiny indicators of something dragging at your psyche. They hold you back. They don’t let you evolve. They are a murky netherland between “will” and “don’t want to.”

So for 2010:

When I ought to keep quiet, I’ll just find a better way to say it.
When I ought to show up somewhere I don’t want to be, I’ll say home, or go and decide to have a really good time, or learn something that will serve me later.
When I ought to answer that call, I’ll let it go to voicemail and talk later.
When I ought to clean up, I’ll make a little time for it in the morning.
When I ought to do things in order, I’ll remember that there is no such thing as normal, and chaos is the default setting of the universe.

Happy 2010, dear readers, and may your “oughts” go the way of 2009.

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Vanessa McGradyHello, 2010

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