Last New Year, I started a different type of New Resolution instead of the same old tired promises, such as “I’ll go to the gym 3 hours every day and lose 20 pounds this year!” or the popular, “I’ll stop drinking/eating…” which always works (no, not really). Or some such other impossible task. Then by March, we’ll flog ourselves for our failures and return to old habits that are bad for us. I made a conscious decision to try a different type of resolution, one that works on my mind, body, emotions, spirit and soul. Here’s what my basic resolutions were last year (read the full page https://brickoneil.com/2019/01/01/2019-celebrate/:
- Enjoy Life.
- Do Something New.
- Make Goals.
- Finally, Love Yourself.
Guess what? 2019 was one of the best years of my life! Instead of focusing on narrow confines of what I thought happiness was, I concentrated on my mind. I lost weight, got ahold of my finances, my outlook was brighter, life was better. Was it perfect? No, I constantly forgave myself for small infractions. This only took me 50 years to figure out.
2020 starts a whole new decade for everyone, myself included. I’ll turn 51 this year, starting a whole new decade for me, personally. My new goal is to move back to Seattle to be closer to the hospitals and clinics. As I’m getting older, I need more healthcare (thankfully Washington State has the best healthcare coverage in the United States). I still need a biopsy on the kidney transplant, another abdominal hernia repair, plus the ‘age 50’ tests any man needs. I’m still saving for movers for the 135 mile move, from Island to City–one I’m looking forward to.
Having said all that, I’ll be continuing my new years resolutions from last year: Forgiving, Growing, Learning and Loving.
Happy 2020 Everyone!