I saw the last sunrise of 2011.
This is a good omen to me. I bore witness to the last new day of the year that I am thrilled to say, is over.
I drove to the trailhead to meet the gang for the usual Saturday Morning Run. I arrived, parked the car, and decided not to run. Simple as that. I didn’t have it in me to battle 40 mph winds and brave the cold. After saying a quick hello and goodbye I headed back home, just in time to see the sunrise. I pulled over and snapped a few pictures, glad that I was warm in my car and headed into the arms of a hot cup of coffee.
Now, it’s 10:00 on New Year’s Eve and all is quiet. Okay I lied. Just heard a cough from my son’s room. And a little moan. But other than that, there is a whole lotta quiet around here.
Both kids are sick with the flu and my dog is having a little holiday over at the Emergency Vet Hospital this weekend. I’m sipping tea to combat the tickle in my throat and the slight pressure in my ears.
Tonight we talked a little about setting goals for the New Year, and we made a few notes as we sat down to watch an episode of Glee and sip chicken soup. One of my goals is to take my kids on some serious, kick-ass vacations. I spent a good part of my day calendaring workshops that I’ll be teaching this year, and figuring out where my breaks would fall. This year, I’m committed to taking my kids on more than 3-day camping trips. This year, we’re going to get out and see something of the world.
This year, I’m also committing to taking care of myself. This means getting a massage when my muscles are screaming, or making time to get to a yoga class when my brain and body have disconnected and I desperately need to reattach myself. It means making time to pop in on friends and have a cup of coffee. It means making my life simpler so I don’t have to move so fast. Mostly, it means slowing down.
Over the year just about everyone that knows me well has commented on how fast I make things happen. Apparently I am a master at changing things up and resetting the track that I’m on.
This year, I don’t want to speed things up. I don’t want to go faster, run harder, or squeeze more activity into my world. My world is really full as it is. What I would really like is to slow things down. I want to be more present for my kids. I think I can do this when I have my work and financial situation more secured. Therefore I’m going to spend the time necessary on those pieces, so that I can get them into place and then focus more fully on the people that I would give my life for.
So that’s it. My New Year’s Resolutions are pretty simple, actually. Keep going forward, slow down, work hard, play hard, and love fiercely.
That’s all I got. I won’t be ringing in the New Year at midnight. With any luck I’ll be asleep and won’t get woken up to the sound of someone coughing or puking.
Sleep tight, ya’ll. Happy New Year. See you on the other side.