Yesterday afternoon, I carved out some time to take a long walk. It was sunny and clear after the morning fog burned off. I’m sure the tall Redwoods in our yard appreciated the mist in the morning. I had read somewhere that Redwoods take in as much as 40% moisture from the fog. With climate change, this may not be always possible anymore.
I waited until about 2:00 p.m. The weather forecast showed that this would be the warmest time of the day. I know I sound like a wimp but temperatures in the mid to high 50’s suit me just fine for walking around our neighborhood, not much less. I was not really up to bundling up yesterday. I put on Beau’s harness and clipped his leash on. We stepped out and made our way down to the golf course.
I did look at my post from last year when we were prompted to write down what we would challenge ourselves for 2013. I thought I’d take a hard look at what I set out to accomplish for the year and how I fared.
I did get the opportunity to see some old friends from high school, college and med school this year. I have not seen some of them in more than 25 years! I am grateful for the serendipitous lunches, dinners and even jaunts out of the city. They provided me the gift of reconnecting,, catching up on their lives, and reestablishing ties.
I struggled with regular physical activity for the first few months but then, I discovered FitBit by mid-year. What a find! Now, I can smile assuredly that I’m in good control of this. My weight has not been yo-yoing so drastically anymore. And the frequent hikes with my hubby and Beau have been such great experiences. (I’ll tell you more about FitBit later.)
I wish I had more time to read more books. But, among those I’ve read, there were some true gems: Adam Johnson’s The Orphan Master’s Son, Mary Roach‘s Gulp, John Green‘s The Fault In Our Stars, Thomas E. Kennedy’s In the Company of Angels, the biographies of Antonio Carlos Jobim and that of Carlos Santana, to name a few. And yet, my Kindle abounds in many more unvisited places.
I said I’d post more on WordPress. Well, the annual report they give out does say that my blog had 139 posts, with 135 of them my own, compared to 89 in 2012. I suppose this is an improvement . I will try harder in 2014. I have joined some of DP’s challenges. I noticed however, that whenever I did, my post would be linked by other bloggers to their posts. But, most of them don’t even bother to really pause and take a look at what I posted. They just pingback. I often wonder if it’s just to increase traffic to their blog. I make it a point that when I link other posts of the same theme, I do visit the site and leave a comment or at the very least a “like” if I liked their post. Otherwise, it all seems insincere and Machiavellian. Am I being an onion?
I have practiced more consciously being more patient, more tolerant of people who are different. However, I have also practiced more intolerance of bigots and proponents of inequality. I have posted more on social issues, pop culture, and some significant events n the news. Yeah, I’m opinionated. What can I say?
My travels to Manila have afforded me more time with my family. A recent family crisis this past summer has made this even more important. Yes, my whole world has been off-key since we have had to deal with this travesty. I keep asking myself when I can get off the bus to take a breath. Unfortunately, the opportunity has not presented itself yet.
I have been negligent with short story writing. I need to learn from Writerlious more often, perhaps? Or emulate DJ’s and Rara‘s tenacious creative regularity? I have not touched our piano at all after I had it tuned earlier this year. Sigh! I’ll get there someday.
And so, I look forward to 2014 with high hopes and expectations of myself. It is a new year and so, another opportunity to do better. To be better. Seriously.
- An end to 2013 and looking upward and onward… (amberngreen.wordpress.com)
- Onward we go: Headed to Salamanca, Spain (lexiepaige.wordpress.com)
- Onward and Upward (izzythetrainer.wordpress.com)