Today is the first day of a new year, a blank page in a fresh chapter of life.
What will be accomplished this year?
What highs will elevate us beyond our highest expectations?
What lows will challenge us to the edge of our ability to cope?
Regardless of our expectations for the year, highs and lows will happen. It is not a question of if, but when challenges will come our way.
I am not one to make New Years resolutions. I haven’t for quite some time, as they never usually seem to stick anyways.
However, what I am an advocate for is making small decisions every day that will have big consequences down the road. Instead of ironclad resolutions, I am going to set some soft-goals for the upcoming year, the first of which is going to be simple.
Move more, as my schedule allows.
I’ve been battling with some health stuff for awhile now, and I really need to take it seriously before it has detrimental consequences on my long term health.
Secondly, I am setting a goal of getting out and shooting for myself more, again, as my schedule allows.
I love photography, and I want to get doing more of it in 2022, both for work and for myself.
The third and final goal I have is to keep making use of the skills that I have learned and have been developing over the last several years which have been keeping me healthy and out of hospital.
I’ll consider giving myself bonus marks if I don’t end up in hospital in 2022 again. The longest I have stayed out of hospital since 2012 is 18 months, and I am well on my way to making, and surpassing, that mark in 2022.
Considering I have not had an emergency admission to hospital since 2019, and did not get admitted at all in 2021 I’d say I’m well on my way.
I know that I am doing well right now. I also know that, particularly with mental health, things can change quickly. Still, with the everything that has happened in my personal and professional life over the last couple of years, and with things starting to get back to some semblance of normal despite the pandemic, I see reason for optimism in 2022.
I have come a long way.
I have learned a lot.
I have grown a lot.
I am slowly, but surely being successful in accomplishing my goals.
Keeping my goals simple, but achievable, there is no telling how far I can go.
I just need to start writing the next chapter…