You are never too old to set another goal or dream a new dream.
— CS Lewis
I’ve decided to start 2012 over again. January was the pits and I had great expectations for 2012, so I’ve decided that as of today, February 1st I’m starting over. It’s the only way I know to get a do-over.
January was a sad month. Between friends, family and co-workers we lost five people. It seemed like I was always signing condolence cards. These things happen. But, I don’t want to spend the rest of the year in a January hangover, so I’m declaring February 1st my New Year.
In Happily Flourishing I said that since I was getting soooo old I needed to focus on being healthier and happier now. What I said in my first post this year is still true today. Every day I get a little older. From now on, I intend to get healthier, happier, and older (I can’t stop that one) every day.
What stopped me last month? Sadness. Losing people is a sad process. And I will still miss the ones I knew and empathize with the people I know who also lost someone. But, I will focus on remembering the good times. I am sad that my friends and family are no longer here, but I am grateful for the blessings they gave me.
Don’t get me wrong, I’ll have a good cry now and again. But I still must learn to keep going. As we get older, we either learn how to grieve in a healthy way or we give up. It’s just that simple – and just that hard.
I have a bad habit of anticipating… not so much the good things, but the other losses that will inevitably come. When it gets away from me, I become unable to move – as if by staying still I can halt the passage of time and stop anything from changing. Since I can’t stop change, I must cherish what I have today. And to really cherish today, I need to be healthier and happier while I am here.
Here’s to a Healthier, Happier 2012
So, I’m starting over. Sometimes, that feels like going backward but in this case, it’s a positive step forward.
I hope your January was better than mine. But no matter, let’s get back up on the horse together and get moving. If we stop, we quit and I’M NOT READY TO QUIT just yet.