At the beginning of the year i had three broad goals – un-fuck my apparently broken finger, un-fuck my space (get rid of stuff) and un-fuck my body (get more exercise, eat better, lose weight).
Finger: Un-fucked. No surgery required. This one was as simple as shaking off the anxiety and going to the doctor. Follow through with physical therapy resolved most of the dysfunction. i consider this one done. The lesson learned: Rather than fret and make yourself crazy worrying about the possibility of surgery, or other drastic treatment? Just go to the doctor and get professional help. Problems are not solved inside your damn head!
Space: A strong start in January and February, but i bogged down into the Spring and Summer. After taking on Mom’s estate, and the associated mounds of paperwork, i regressed a bit – there are still piles of paperwork all over my office, but i will be ahead for the year once i close out estate business.
Body: Mostly failed on this one. On the bright side? With the support of Studley as my accountability buddy, i managed to keep up a nominal 3 days/week gym schedule for the entire year (including two visits this week). After a great start, losing 25 pounds, i regressed substantially by going back to my highly emotional eating habits. Re-gained almost 15 pounds, so my net loss for the year was only 10 pounds. This pisses me off, and i have no one, or nothing to blame, but my own undisciplined ass.
This was also the year i buried my mother. We knew it was coming, and given her state of health, it wasn’t a surprise. Regardless of your age there is a bit of an emotional sucker punch when you become an adult orphan. i don’t want to use this as an excuse, but i am a bit more gentle with myself because of it.
Beyond that transition, and the quest for un-fuckage, it was a damn good year. Time spent with my independent, adult children – it brings tremendous joy to watch them move confidently into their lives, following deliberate, chosen paths. Time spent with my companion, enjoying two dive trips to warm, exotic locations along with many other adventures (large and small!). Time spent with friends – some from my childhood, some i’ve only known a few years. i am surrounded by good humans!
Time spent with this ol’ fella. When i started this blog in 2007, i really didn’t expect he’d still be with me – big dogs tend not to live as long as the little yappy ones… He’ll be 14 in June. Despite a serious health scare in November, he’s still going strong. i sleep with this goofball every night – although he’ll need a ramp to reach the bed before long. Perhaps one of the best things? i had another year with Mr. Pickles.
Despite being somewhat random with my blogging last year, almost walking away from it several times, i’m feeling the urge to write again. i’ve been living aggressively. i have been immersed in some serious life business. i am planning my retirement. i feel the need to use this space to hoark up the things that are rattling around in my head, and organize my thinking.
Hoping the new year finds you all healthy and looking forward to what lies ahead! i’ll be right back…