Welcome to 2023. Cinema says that Avengers: Endgame, The Tomorrow War, and X-Men: Days of Future Past are what we can look forward to in 2023. While the ongoing COVID impact, election season, and economic chaos can feel almost apocalyptic in nature, they are not. We should make it through these without a war to end the planet. Throughout all the turmoil, I have tried to cherish moments as I resolved last year.
Most recently, I cherished my daughters being home for an extended Christmas holiday. As our daughters are heading off into their independent adult lives, this likely was the last time they will be at home together for such an extended time. I love my daughters and these days just relaxing around the house, baking together, playing games, watching shows, celebrating Christmas, and just being together were wonderful. Throughout the year I have tried to cherish moments like these with family, friends, and coworkers. My goal is to continue with that ongoing and not just make it a resolution for 2022.
For 2023, I want to return to some things that have fallen aside and begin them anew. 2020 through 2022 had a lot of challenges and change with recovery from surgery, the pandemic, daughters graduating, daughter seeking job, my new job, daughter starting graduate school, daughter buying a house, changes in my wife’s health, increased caregiving, returning to travel now with my wife in a wheelchair, and more. Many of my personal projects and hobbies had to be set aside.
As our case is new, so we must think anew and act anew.Abraham Lincoln
I am beginning anew my creative works. I want to return to my miniature painting, my crafting, and my writing. I have been so focused on work, caregiving, and family, and I have not spent as much time on self care. My time spent being creative is healing to me as it helps my mind find a new focus and to open up to new ideas. Some hobbies, like my painting, had just stopped completely as I could not find the time to devote to them in my busy schedule. My writing continued, but wavered. I never could truly get my mind to focus on the stories to make significant process.
I am starting anew my exercise routines. I have continued to walk and eat healthier, but my bike riding and back exercises really fell by the wayside especially last year. I want to increase my strength and endurance again, especially in my back. Post surgery I had been diligent and really had my back and body stronger and more flexible than it had ever been. I want to get back to that again, slowly. You don’t jump right back into exercise, so this will be a gradual return but one I am excited to progress.
Now that I am finding rhythms again in my life, I feel I have the margin and the energy to return anew to these endeavors. Do I know what is coming in 2023? I plan as if I do, but I really don’t. I could get derailed again, but I have some goals set for me to strive for and enjoy.
What do you wish to start anew in 2023?