In reality, 2008 scares the crap out of me and not because of any dead mouse. I have this feeling that 2008 will be a year of Great Decisions—decisions like, what am I going to do with the next few years of my life? I finish up my masters this year, and I have to figure out what the next step is going to be. Am I going to continue on towards a Ph.D.? Do I want to explore other options? And what are those other options? Given the blueprint of my life so far, I am pretty much guaranteed that whatever happens will not be straight forward. Most likely, I will be blind to what my options are and what my decisions should be until the very last moment. I hate that.
It is at this point, when I am all stressed out and hyperventilating, that I just have to take some deep yoga breaths and remember that there are very few permanent decisions and life should be enjoyed one day at a time. To quote About a Boy:
I find the key is to think of a day as units of time, each unit consisting of no more than thirty minutes. Full hours can be a little bit intimidating and most activities take about half an hour. Taking a bath: one unit, watching countdown: one unit, web-based research: two units, exercising: three units, having my hair carefully disheveled: four units. It's amazing how the day fills up.