The countdown has begun. Three more days to the new year. 2012.
There is still time to make good on at least one of those resolutions from 2011 that didn’t quite get done. Time to begin organizing that closet that you promised you’d do last year around this time. Time to run a mile and ease off a few of those Christmas cookies. Or at least do a fast walk. And time to start planning your resolutions for next year.
It’s still a bit shocking to me. It always is. It’s on every calendar and yet when the time rolls around I’m always still taken aback. Another year? Again? So soon?
I think back on the past year – accomplishments, joys, sad times and the things that didn’t quite get done. Some years I make an actual list, others it’s a mental one. This year I plan to write down my resolutions for 2012. I’ll have some of my old favorites on it: lose those 15 pounds and get published. They’ve been on my list for two years now, but I take the glass half full view and imagine that someday I’ll have them checked off.
I’ll also be adding a few new ones this year: getting my index finger fully functional and taking time to enjoy the journey, both with my family and my writing. My husband reminded me on Christmas to take a moment to enjoy this time. Our daughters are six and eight. We may not have another breathless anticipation of Santa’s arrival. We’re approaching the teenage years.
He was right and I enjoyed that moment – that sweetness of childhood innocence and wonder. And I realized that I should also take time periodically to enjoy the writing journey. Take stock of what I have accomplished and what goals I’m still striving for. These moments won’t last. We’ll reach that next stage – finishing that book, landing an agent, signing a contract – and we’ll be off on our next journey.
This year I wrote a totally different type of book, loved every minute of it and discovered new aspects of my writing that I didn’t know existed. I’m taking some time to enjoy that. And then I’m going to improve upon it.
What have you enjoyed this past year? What are your plans for the next?