When I was younger, I imagined that “New Year’s Eve” consisted of bright lights and glittery decorations.
It also included getting dolled up:
And, of course, you have to make resolutions.
To make resolutions or not? That is the question I’m considering on this last day of 2018.
Are there aspects of my life that I would like to improve upon? Absolutely! Becoming 100% healthy would be wonderful. Building enough leg strength to walk in high heels once again would also be great.
These goals, however, are easily influenced by outside forces beyond my control. One virus, one bacterial infection, could very easily sabotage my plans to become healthy. One ankle sprain could further weaken my already unstable ankles.
While I can still pursue these goals, they can’t be my only resolutions. The margin for failure is too high. I, for one, become exceedingly melancholy when I can’t fulfill my resolutions. To be successful, I need more than just a statement of “I’m going to do this” or “I’m going to make this happen”.
I need a statement, and then, a plan.
For example, I would like to read more. If this resolution is to be successful, there must be benchmarks. There must be preparation.
Step 1 – Select thin books from my personal collection (this step is based on the premise that shorter books can be read faster. The premise is only true if the books are well-written and focus on an interesting topic).
Step 2 – Aim to read a certain number of books each month (I would start with one—just to avoid failure).
Step 3 – Record progress in a journal or agenda (Accountability is, unfortunately, a necessary evil).
While reading more would be phenomenal exercise for my chemo-scarred brain—and I will give this goal a try—I have larger objectives to pursue. I’m going back to school!
I will be enrolling in two, online courses offered by the Board of Cooperative Educational Services (also known as BOCES). These two courses will form the foundation of my next goal: obtaining a certification in Medical Coding through the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC). It appears (knocking very loudly on wood) that I am going to live. And, if I live long enough, I’d like to be able to retire.
This new pursuit doesn’t mean that I will be walking away from writing.
Writing is how I decompress, and process my own feelings. I will continue to post on this blog and to work on pieces of fiction.
So, after writing all of this…I guess I do have resolutions for the coming year!
Thank you, Dear Readers, for sticking with me throughout 2018. Your light, love, and prayers have made an incredible, and positive, impact on my health and my life. I am wishing each of you a wonderful and healthy New Year. Here’s to a fresh start in 2019!
With Gratitude and Love,