2021 ended, and we ushered in 2022. Do you look back at 2021 and think of all the bad things that happened? Do you reflect on the good things, or do you look ahead? Many make resolutions they never keep in the new year. Many plans on starting diets, declare they will exercise more, decide they will tighten their budgets, and so on. Some of the resolutions get off to a good start and then the person loses interest. We can make resolutions we never follow through with or we can look at a new year as a new beginning.
The past years have been rough for me with surgeries, illnesses, and loss of loved ones. It’s easy to worry that a new year will bring more problems and heartaches. It would be easy for me to fear 2022. I’m already having problems with my carpal tunnel in my left wrist. It hurts, and I must take several breaks to get the feeling back in my fingers. I had surgery on my right hand in 2021 and I’m worried about how long I can go without having surgery on my other hand. That would be my tenth surgery. I don’t want another surgery. I could dwell on this or think about the new year in a more positive light.
What new things can I do? What changes can I make to my life? How can I take a leap into a new beginning? 2022 doesn’t have to be another bad year. I could have another surgery, but by doing the surgery, I would be without pain. I could instead of worrying about surgery focus on finishing edits of my memoir. In the new year my new beginning could be me holding my first book and autographing it. There is always a better way to look at the negative side to life and life’s challenges.
I don’t want to think of the New Year as another bad year. I want to think of it as a year with new beginnings. This is my year to shine in my writing and speaking. It’s my year to try new things and make new memories. I’ve been through so much and the health problems seem to keep popping up. I could worry that more problems will come, but I choose to look at the brighter side. I can’t live my life worrying if another health problem or tragedy is going to happen.
2021 wasn’t totally bad year. I finished writing my memoir, my book went through its first round of edits, I rekindled some old friendships, and my right hand no longer hurts when I write. I accomplished that despite having another surgery, finding out I have osteoporosis and working on the front line as a cashier as we continue to face covid. I have a whole year to make many strides in my life. I will grow, learn from my mistakes, and take new steps.
This could be your chance to start your life over. 2022 can be the year you take control of your mental illness and find recovery, it can be the year you kick breast cancer in the butt, it can be the year you start a life with the man of your dreams, and much more. It’s a new year and your chance for a new beginning. Welcome 2022 with open arms, big dreams, and much more, and reach beyond the inner pain for a new start.
Don’t look back at the bad things that happened in 20121 and dwell on them. Instead, cherish the good things and reach for a better year. Start something new; do something new. 2022 is your year to shine.
I’m not going to look at 2022 as the year I may have another surgery. Instead, I’m going to look at it as a new start with lots of new steps and dreams. I’m going to see it as the year I will have my first book published and my dreams will come true. The light of 2022 is bright, and I am dancing in the light of a new beginning.