A neighborhood sunset at 4:30 p.m. on a Wednesday afternoon
When my husband and I both retired, a friend sent us a card saying, "Congratulations! From now on every day is Saturday!" In some ways it is true. We can see more weekday sunsets in Winter, fewer weekday sunrises and more mid-day matinees. However, if I am not careful, every day can become Monday. I am now my own boss and cannot take a vacation from balancing my life.
I have often said that since retirement there are fewer negative people in our lives. That does not mean that unwelcome situations cannot impose themselves upon us. This past year has been full of illness, stress, death, grieving and uncertainty. It is true there were some good times but the sad, unpredictable ones predominated. It was difficult to plan or be spontaneous. For six months during my mother's illness we kept our travel bags packed--just in case--and made five emergency 12-hour drives each way during those six months.
For the first time in a very long time, I feel that I can approach the future with optimism. My New Year Resolutions are full of plans--mostly of the "Use it or Lose it" variety. I have begun walking 30+ minutes 4 days a week. I ordered and began a 24-lecture DVD course from The Teaching Company on Peoples and Cultures of the World. I am once again being pro-active rather than re-active regarding causes I care about. I am determined to write more regularly in my blog--even if I don't have photos. I have assembled--again--a sketchbook kit, with the intention to do quick-capture moments and people on paper.
I also hope to be more others-directed this year. Last year I not only neglected my own intellectual and artistic development but folded inward and, except for my Monday afternoons with my granddaughter, neglected my social interactions with others as well.
The above are my goals for 2006. Please, those of you who read regularly, hold me accountable!