January 14, 2022 at 3:17 p.m.
New year, new me?
Like many people, I used to think of a new calendar year as a fresh start.
An opportunity to set new resolutions and leave last year's disappointments and shortcomings in the past.
Yet more often than not, I would set the bar too high and fail to meet my own expectations.
2020 was a whirlwind for me, but it was one of the best years of my life - many blessings and things to be happy about.
2021 was just as sweet - up's and down's but mostly up's, even more blessings, happy moments and loved ones cherished.
Up until the last couple of years, I would say to myself "ok, this is going to be a better year. Last year sucked."
I would always be loathing the past and hoping for a better future, but I wouldn't make the necessary changes within to see a change in my life.
Taking the first few steps is always the hardest, in anything.
My goals for 2022 are fairly simple:
Cherish physical health
The COVID-19 pandemic has shown me that I'm not untouchable. Even though I'm sick of the talk about COVID, it's still here.
I need to continue to make fitness a priority. Working out is mental health medicine!
Take nothing for granted
With the high's, come the low's.
Embrace the struggle.
Slow motion is better than no motion.
The saying "it takes a village to raise a child" sticks out in my mind.
Our communities are our lives.
We are social creatures by nature, and we must work together to live together.
Low-hanging fruit isn't always the sweetest
When I'm not feeling 100%, I set small goals.
Make my bed, do the dishes, etc.
But I also set goals that can't be achieved tomorrow.
It's important, for me, to have something to be working towards long-term, even though you can't see it right now.
As I move into the New Year, I will keep things simple.