Here are three things circling in my head, things I have said I would never do:
Reading Jane Austen. I majored in English literature in college and yet I never read Jane Austen. At some point, I tried, but it felt too much like romance and I never got very far. But a lot of readers I respect have had a different experience with Austen’s novels. I have begun reading The Jane Austen Society and have asked for advice on choosing an Austen book to try – again. So, we will see.
Become a vegetarian. As a child, I detested vegetables. I was often left at the table to finish my dinner by my father, who rarely ate vegetables himself. Over the last 20 years, I have increased my vegetable consumption and I now find myself eating a primarily plant based diet. I’m having trouble giving up bacon but it’s more of a treat than a staple now.
Spin yarn. I will never forget the conversation I had about 30 years ago about fabric and wool. This woman was raising rabbits and had begun to spin yarn. And she was getting sheep and alpaca so she could have access to their wool. Her plan was to weave fabric to be used in her quilts. Nope, not me, I said (with youthful conviction). I will never want to spin. But then I discovered Sarah and have watched with so much interest as she has spun her way through this pandemic. And today, I read that Jane is dipping into the world of spinning. Stay tuned. Retirement might take me in some new directions.