A New Year's Eve Toast.
It has been a interesting year. One that had more changes than most for me.
I am sitting here, New Year's cocktail in hand, thinking about it all. I was going to wish you all the happiest and most prosperous year of all for 2015, but maybe that is not what life is. Perhaps we instead should wish each other strength and humor to deal with all that is set on our plate. Maybe we need to remember to spend a bit more time in reality than in wishes. There is so much beauty we miss while wishing for something different than what we have. There is so much peace we miss while wanting ultimate happiness!
I am getting old. This year has taught me that. I accept it and in a way it is an interesting place. It is not good nor bad, it is merely reality. The word "finite" is a bit more real. I wish I would have started exercising earlier and more frequently, and I would have tried a few more things before they became terribly uncomfortable, unbecoming or just not worth the effort. But I also realize how full I am. Full of memories and friends and family and still a lot of potential!
I see things everyday that I hadn't noticed before. I realize how precious time is now, and I enjoy both spending it and wasting it more.
So people, I will toast you with a wish for strength and humor as we approach 2015. May it bring you life in all its complexities and layers, and may you gain from or at least notice each one.
Happy New Year. Jill
12/31/2014 11:12:20 am
A year ago I contemplated the usual as well of course. Do I want to push myself and do more and try to cram pack in as much as possible? No as I too am getting older and my hands and fingers are in pain as I can hardly crochet any more. Things change without my permission these days! I managed my time so I could enjoy things a bit more but still not what I had hoped as the best laid plans and all never happen. I didn't have a vegetable garden because my only child was getting married and I did everything I could for her so it was a wonderful year but very different. I have 5 or more years until retirement. I pushed myself only as I knew I'd need a small operation to get past if I could hold off for most of 2014. I was able to do that and it worked out at the right time so I recuperated and rested and know I did all I could as this year closes as I had to cut myself a break. With that behind me I can now make more exciting plans for 2015 I hope but yes they are not to do more and push myself beyond limits but rather to again organize better. Striving to work smarter not harder is again my goal along with more time to read and learn a new trade perhaps. I did read a lot this year for me and have not had that for many years. While I enjoy working on new ideas I also love the old and comfortable things that keep me grounded. We do have to evolve to handle what is headed our way old age being one of them but I'm not sure I should be doing so much and working so hard right up to the finish line of retirement. My husband just told me the other day he doesn't want to see me working so hard and so right and making plans for that. I will be able to exercise again and looking to continue on a more healthy diet which is going well year by year. I think that is pretty good and I do feel blessed. Whatever your plans and where they take you I wish you a wonderful 2015!
12/31/2014 12:05:33 pm
((Hugs Gail)) you have had a momentous 2014! Reading is good ( I have started to do that again after 5 years of listening to books while I work!) and yes, I now understand why "familiar" is not the same as "doesn't want to change"! Best of luck for this year to you (and the ratties) as well.
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