I don’t know where 2016 went. For most, the year seemed to be a bad one. Some would say it was the election year, bad politics, bad events in today’s world, etc… It wasn’t any of that for me. My year started out decently, and there were some good things throughout the year that happened, but it seemed that the bad outweighed the good in 2016.
Some of the bad included spending 10 months of the year being sick with no diagnosis or explanation in sight, doctors who don’t care, and frustrating times with insurance. I was even treated to an ambulance ride in mid-October after passing out and having dangerously low blood pressure. Others included unexpected and expensive plumbing issues; over 40,000 Africanized honeybees in my back yard (ok, that wasn’t too bad, but it could have been!); my cat being sick; business was much slower than usual; the loss of yet another classmate from Italy on the last day of the year; and last, but certainly not least on my long list, I stopped writing for 6 months.
There was a bit of good in the mix, one of the best being that I got to see my dear friends from school in Italy during the summer, and I was able to travel to New Mexico to see my mother for her 70th birthday.
Let’s go back to that comment about not writing for 6 months. I think the stress of life and being sick got the best of me, and I just stopped. I realize now that is the time I should have been writing the most. I’ve missed it, and started craving it again. I never do this each year, as it all seems so cliche and pointless to make the same resolutions as everyone else every year, but I broke down and made one New Year’s Resolution for 2017. This is one that I think I can challenge myself with and be productive with. Whether it will be a few words, a few sentences, or a page or two, I’m going to write. Every day. You may not see a post from me every day, and maybe most days will consist of only those few words a day, but I’m putting myself on notice. It’s a much better resolution than becoming one of those gym drop-outs.
Here’s to a better year – not only for me, but for everyone. We all deserve it. I know it’s going to be a rocky start, and that’s already apparent in my life, but I’m already off to a good start with keeping up my new resolution.
“On writing, my advice is the same to all. If you want to be a writer, write. Write and write and write. If you stop, start again. Save everything that you write. If you feel blocked, write through it until you feel your creative juices flowing again. Write.” ~Anne Rice