Sunday in Outer Blogness: New Year Edition!
The turn of the decade has inspired quite a lot of introspection, retrospection, and prospection throughout Outer Blogness!! Plus, many of us went home for the holidays — and lived to post the tale! Let’s start with how we all fared visiting the folks:
How about a family discussion of Proposition 8 to keep things harmonious? Marcus and Hypatia certainly faced some challenges as new apostates visiting the Mormon family. BYU Agnostic came out to the family, and, well, it could have gone better. (Mister Curie also came out — at least on the Internet.) Susan has decided to drop the f-bomb for her dad. Emily and her family received a wonderful surprise whereas Randy was surprised to have had a Christmas that worked. Sean’s experience was mostly good, but it led him to an observation that I think many of us can relate to:
I got to practice my vacant, noncommittal mmmhmmm smile a lot. But I tried not to let that bother me. After all, their religion is an enormous part of their livesits hard to make non-Mormons understand exactly how muchand it would probably be impossible for them to avoid the subject entirely. I just wish they were more open to talking about things that are an enormous part of my life, such as atheism, or me being gay, or drunk karaoke.
We each have our own different religious beliefs, but we all value each other and time together. This is a perfect way to celebrate family.
New Year’s Day is a time for reflection. For example, in rethinking our beliefs, both G and Leah contemplate how we identify which parts of the scriptures we’re willing to believe (and which parts we dismiss). And, as a new de-convert, Leah is reflecting on what might have been. For Aerin, 2009 has been a year of questioning assumptions.
A lot of us posted their plans, new directions, and goals for the coming year. If you’re planning to give more to charity, Jonathan suggests that you consider the Foundation Beyond Belief. Sterkwork’s theme for 2010 is invigorate. The Urban Coda is thinking about the labels he’s worn and the directions he’d like to go. That’s kind of where I’m at, trying to set off in the right direction this time, as I start over on my Swiss adventure! And Therese plans to write the Great American (Ex)Mormon Novel!
Then — with all of the year-end retrospectives and memes — it’s a great time to get to know everyone better!
2009 was the best year of Atom’s life because of the birth of his son. Curmudgen is celebrating the completion of his first year of blogging. Kuri and Lilly list the books they’ve read this past year, Daniel gives his picks for the best music of 2009, and greenishblue lists the best albums of the past decade. Michelle compares where she was a decade ago with where she is now — quite a difference! In a similar vein, Pixelfish digs up some old memories from Rick’s college.
In year-end reviews, Jana, Sean, and Journeygal give us the 2009 meme, and Jack and Journeygal share general retrospectives of the past year, while Pixelfish reviews what she’s been doing for the whole past decade! And Blue in Red Zion and Sean give us highlights of their blog posts from the past year.
Happy 2010, everyone!!! Here’s looking forward to living all these plans!