The prompt for today is poetic in its mere description of lists…at least, it is for me. I read someone else’s post who said that making lists was calming. I can agree with that sentiment, but I would add that making lists helps me to feel in control, and it gives me an extra boost of confidence when I can cross something off of my list and move on to the next task.
I’m a very type-a person. Categorization and organization (oddly) make me happy. When I was younger, beginning around 11, my best friend and I became obsessed with this website that had hundreds of personality tests/quizzes. I think that being able to give myself labels and descriptions allowed me to feel as if I was grounded, despite many things around me that seemed chaotic. I still enjoy those kinds of quizzes. The last one I (re)took was the Myers-Briggs – just to see if anything had changed. It hadn’t, I’m still an INFJ.
It’s a true statement that I have a daily list (except for right now because I’m on vacation) that I reference and add to, or mark off. If I could make a list of all the lists I’ve ever made, it would probably make me doubly happy because I would be able to mark off the progress I’ve made over the years.
Since I can’t recall them all, I’ll make a list of the ones I do remember:
- Life goals – including marital status, children, and types of pets (age 12)
- Beers I like
- Slang words I’ve learned from my clients and their definitions
- bucket list
- conversation topics before I called someone (mostly middle school, some high school – part of that was anxiety, lol)
- list of personal idiosyncrasies
- my most commonly referenced therapeutic interventions
- books to read
- and books I’ve read (thank you, Goodreads)
- My ideal partner (one from 5 years ago, and a current/running list)
- favorite restaurants
- favorite movies
- favorite quotes
- groceries (of course)
I get really excited about making lists…and even more excited when I meet someone who also appreciates list-making. Yes, it keeps me grounded, but it also allows me to reflect on where I’ve been at various moments in my life. I enjoy that kind of reflection because it shows me how much I’ve really grown as a person.