Readers will know that I don’t do New Years Resolutions, but I love doing New Years projects. These can be big or small, but they’re achievable and bounded. This year, I’m doing something that’s unabashedly about self-improvement.
In 2024 I’m going to force myself to practice thank you notes. And of course I made myself a mini site to record them!
Seriously, I’ve never written thank you notes. I’m bad at expressing my feelings. I get out the stationery, I grab a pen, and then: I freeze. I panic. I stall. I give up.
The thank you note goes unwritten.
So: in 2024 I’m going to make myself practice. Once per week, I’ll write a thank you note to an artist whose work has been particularly meaningful to me. Someone whose creative output influenced me, or from which I derived great pleasure, or found challenging, or otherwise sparked some kind of inchoate feeling of gratitude that I had no way to process.
It’s going to be like pulling my own teeth. Here goes.