It’s almost time to say goodbye to 2020 and welcome a new, hopefully better, year. Normally I would be creating my list of New Year’s Resolutions. I usually try to have one or more goals or resolutions for each major area of my life (health, relationships, work, home, etc.). But this year? Nope. Let’s discuss why and what I’m doing instead.
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No New Year’s Resolutions This Year
So, why am I abandoning my usual tradition of setting goals and resolutions for the new year? For one thing, 2020 made it very clear that sometimes life throws us a curveball. In fact, sometimes we don’t even know we are facing a pitcher when…WHAM!…we get hit in the head.
I feel pretty sure none of us predicted what 2020 brought. I certainly didn’t anticipate spending the year almost totally at home, minus weekly trips to pick up a grocery order. I’ve used less than two tanks of gas since March. That’s pretty amazing, even for a Prius.
On the other hand, I can’t begin to estimate how many Amazon boxes have been delivered to our front porch this year.
It’s been a difficult year, for sure. Losing our sweet Shiloh to cancer was heartbreaking. And Chris’ cat Miles, back in March.
On the other hand, there have been some good things that have come out of what I’m thinking of as a “slow year”. Quite frankly, I was exhausted by our usual pace and as an introvert, I’ve appreciated the time-out from all the events we normally host through our nonprofit. I think I needed the break.
As I look ahead to a new year, I’m doing so with a perspective I’ve never had before. I have a different sense of how long…and also how short…a year can be.
I’m hopeful for a return to at least a semi-normal life by summer. I’ve decided that I’m taking a year off from goals and just enjoy every bit of it that I can.
The closest thing to a resolution I’m making is to make sure I laugh every day. I’m going to read, watch or listen to something funny every single day. Fortunately David and my kids are funny so we already laugh a lot. I’m just going to take it to another level by being intentional about seeking humor.
I have a few other things I want to do more of in 2021 but I’ll share all about that in my “Word of the Year” post which will be posted later today or tomorrow.
I’d love to hear your thoughts about resolutions in general and if you make them, what they are for 2021.
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