I don’t remember the last time I “stood” at the beginning of a new year and looked “forward” through the calendar positively thinking about the high-level plans/ thoughts/ wishes/ hopes that the upcoming days/ weeks/ months will bring.
Although there were a couple of moments in past years, there was usually enough apprehension edging around the corners that all I could hope for was a good/ proper ‘next couple of weeks’.
The interesting thing is that it’s not just a matter of enjoying the moment and hoping that the future will be good (as used to be the case). It’s more of enjoying the moment and reveling in the knowledge that the future will be good. There is something “good” coming up on a both personal and professional basis throughout the year! I look at my calendar and see all these little points of sunlight where an activity or a celebration will take place and it makes me smile. So much to look forward to, so much to do, to share, to experience. I can’t say if it’s more or less than last year, but I can definitely say that being home at least ensures that I get to definitely experience more with those I love.
I’m not trying to be cryptic by not talking about specifics. It’s just that I’d rather live through them first and speak of them afterwards – or just before in some cases ;). Like, the fact that we’re heading to DisneyWorld next week. It’s been years since our first visit and we’ve been hoping to go back for so long… until Chantale finally said, “we can do this now!” and we made all the arrangements. I booked the flights, she booked the lodgings and experiences. It’s going to be awesome 🙂