Here we are, the end of another year. A time for reflection they say. As the week was winding down, the voice in my head kept saying, “Man! It’s been a year!”
To be honest, I feel like all I have done is sit in doctor’s offices, go to the store, and work. Let’s not forget a smattering of laundry and an occasional meal prep thrown in for good measure.
I thought things were on the upswing, but 2022 through me for a loop. When my dad passed away Memorial Day weekend, my world turned upside down. Life as I knew it seemed over. I didn’t know how I was going to get through it. I felt like all I was doing was going through the motions. Minutes turned into hours. Hours turned into days. Days into months, and here we are early in the morning on the last day of 2022.
Milestones and Losses
Several years ago, when I hit my milestone birthday, I just want to slow down life and begin what I called my “second act.” If anything, life has not slowed down but accelerated at warp speed. I seriously want to get off this ride and get back to living a quiet life in the coming year.
Here I sit now, another year is about to be over, and my head saying, “What happened?” Honestly, that is what I have been saying for the last several years. I need to stop crying about all the losses and start thinking about all the gains. Loss is a part of life, but since I have been sheltered most of my life, I have never really experienced the true pain of loss until this past year. It’s time now to move on, my dad would want that.
My Next Year Needs
This past week, I have been thinking about what I need. The one thought that has been coming back to me over and over is the great desire to pursue more of my creative endeavors. I had plans and was working towards fulfilling those, but somehow things got a bit off course.
2023 is the year to correct that course. I am not one for resolutions. What I plan on doing is to intently work towards doing more of what I want to do. I have plans, but I will keep them to myself for now. I hope to reveal more along the way, but for now, the only thing I want is a little more peace and a lot quieter life.
Wishing you the best for the New Year!