It’s 2022 and I am absolutely struck by how quickly time flies! I am writing this to you as I prepare to go on a six-mile hike at Boston’s Blue Hills Reservation with a local group. Two years ago, I wrote a post about preparing for my first hike with the same group (more here). I told you about how I had never gone on a “real” hike and had to run out and get all the gear just days before the trip. Now, two years later — I’m one of the organization’s many co-leaders!
Given the pandemic situation, we all know that A LOT can happen in a relatively short period of time. Two years ago, I went to Colombia (more here and here). Little did I know that this would be my last “normal” international trip — sans masks! Two years ago, was also when I made a new year’s resolution to “do more.” During this period, I would explore the city and visit local spots every week and participate in activities like pop-up yoga classes (more here, here, and here — just a few examples). While we can certainly do more and see more now than we could amid the lockdowns, I look back at my benignly naïve, pre-pandemic 2020 self with a patronizing smile — bless her heart.
Looking back on all that has happened, all that we “missed out on,” and all that we did despite it all, I can’t help but reembrace the spirit of my 2019-going-on-2020 self. For this reason, I would like to belatedly declare a few new year’s resolutions.
- Try Harder. I don’t regret things very often. I’m not the sort of person to think, “oh, if only I had changed one thing, then all other things could have been better.” However, I am the sort of person who will regret not trying hard enough. Whether it’s studying for a test, sticking to some sort of healthy habit, or just resolving inter-personal conflicts, I often get mad at myself when I feel that I just didn’t give it my all. Where would I be right now if I gave all of my endeavors a full effort? I’ll let you know in 2023 😉
- Eat Healthier. If you follow my blog, you will notice the odd post about sugar or alcohol (more here and here); this is because I think about my diet in these terms a lot. Over the years, I have cut back on both substances (especially alcohol — it increases one’s likelihood of getting CANCER, you know), but, of course, there is more to a healthy diet than just sugar and alcohol content. As I learn more about the subject, I now know more about how foods not only affect our weight, but also our skin, gut bacteria, concentration, and even mental health. With this in mind, in 2022 I will continue to think about food in more holistic terms and develop healthier habits to match.
- Fitness. I very much like to be active! I love taking exercise classes (more here) and I even ran a half marathon last fall (more here). However… I want to do MORE. Exercise gives me more positive energy, it helps me sleep better, and it helps me feel better. So, there’s not much I have to say on this subject except — keep it up!
- Seize the day. Finally, understanding that life can turn on a dime, I want to make sure that I seize opportunities when they present themselves. Who knows whether we will soon confront another dangerous, scary COVID wave. When some opportunities are gone, they’re gone for good! With this mindset, I hope that I will just say “yes” rather than “maybe, next time.”
I have heard it said that COVID has become like the new flu — we’re just going to get booster shots every year and go about our business. Will this happen? I don’t know, but either way, in 2022 (and beyond!), I want to make the most of my time rather than just wait it out. Youth will not be wasted on me!
Wishing you a wonderful and prosperous 2022!
I’m hoping to “Try Harder” in 2022 as well! It’s always been difficult for me to stick with habits, perhaps because my mind is constantly buzzing with new ideas/plans and there are so many things I want to try. Finding a few healthy habits/practices to maintain this year (and letting go of the idea that I have to “do everything”) is definitely high on my list! Good luck with your various endeavors this year 🙂
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Hello Caroline, I love that goal! Thanks for sharing! I can very much relate! Wishing you too all the best with your journey!
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