The year of ‘me’

Posted: December 31, 2017 in Uncategorized

2018. Two years ago, five years ago, 10 years ago…I remember those new year’s, the people and situations and the good and the bad. But today is for looking forward and planning, not in detail but the general tone of the year. I’m setting my intentions, trimming my sails and aiming for a destination. My destination in 2018 has everything to do with good health and wellbeing. And creativity. I would like to solemnly declare 2018 as the year of ‘me’.

When I imagine the year ahead, visions of ‘me’ at the day spa come to mind. Or me banging away my next novel on the laptop. Or me on a beach…or at an interesting metaphysical workshop; enjoying my pot of English Breakfast with friends, learning and laughing, not dwelling but cultivating joy and happiness.

I’m now in my 50s and over halfway through this lifetime, if I’m lucky. That means I need to make the absolute most of the time I’m given. So far, I’ve thrown myself into raising three boys and managing the trials and tribulations being a parent brings; and I’ve worked hard to establish a career as a professional. I love that I’ve kept building experience and skills, and can offer that to my employer. I’m versatile and useful, get to work on things that really matter, and I intend to keep learning in my career. That ain’t over yet. BUT…

There’s more to learning than just increasing professional skills and qualifications, and pursuing meaningful work. I’m fascinated by Eastern philosophies. I’m also a student of metaphysics, so 2018 will include further expeditions into the unknown. I don’t mind adventure.

And at the heart of ‘me’ is the need and desire to be creative. That means I’ll be writing again. Already a story is germinating.

The bucket list. Yes, I’ll be ticking a few items off that as well in 2018. A little travel hopefully. That art class through the University of the Third Age is a goer for sure. Something daring and left of field also, though I’ve yet to decide what that will be.

Parenting, I’m sure, will remain a constant throughout 2018. Just because children grow into young adults doesn’t mean they don’t need help when they fall; or someone to really believe in them when the world appears against them. Caring for loved ones is particularly important when you consider just how crappy life can get.

But first, I’ve got to treat this poor, old, aching body of mine; a product now of multiple surgeries, chemotherapy and radiation. Thankfully, I’m still ‘no evidence of disease’ (NED) as they say, and hoping that NED will be with me for many years to come, but he has left his mark and 20 months later, there’s still a need for nurturing and healing. That is a prime goal in 2018.

So, that’s pretty much all I wanted to say in this pre new year blog post…other than I hope 2018 is a brilliant, meaningful year for you. And that gentle winds speed your journeys towards the goals you set in this new year, hopefully bringing you good health, happiness and wisdom.

All the best.

  1. MST says:

    Here’s to you Maryanne. Wishing you all the very best.

  2. Thankyou and all the best to you for the new year.

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