It was a huge relief to wave goodbye to 2021, even though I’m not hugely confident that the coming year will be much better than the last. Covid cases are going crazy all over the country, and it looks like ‘living with Covid’ will be different to what we imagined, when we were first told that we would have to learn to live with it.
Anyway, it’s time to move on and cross our fingers that we have a great year. I do love a new beginning. New books, new stationery, new cars, new houses…..and you have just got to love a new year. On January 1, when looking ahead to the coming year, anything is possible, to my eyes. Despite what we’ve all been going through, I like to be positive, and imagine that 2022 will be the best year ever.
The last two years during the pandemic haven’t been particularly happy for me, though I did cope well with the first year of covid. After realising that it wasn’t safe for me or my partner to work, I decided to take covid leave, thinking it would be for just a few weeks. I don’t think anybody realised how long covid would be with us. I ended up being on leave for just on 12 months, and despite the pandemic, loved every day of being isolated at home.
Living on acreage, as we do, isolation was very easy. It meant that isolation from others was rarely a problem, and there was always plenty to do in the garden. Boredom was never an issue. The second year of covid wasn’t as easy. Isolation became tiresome. After being vaccinated I went back to work, but found that I was worried every day. Many of our customers don’t wear masks and we have been told not to refuse service, or ask them to put on a mask. I did, and still do, find that difficult.
As I’ve mentioned many times here, most of my pandemic stress was caused by not being able to see my son and my grandsons, who live on the Sunshine Coast. This has become more and more difficult as the months have gone by and has caused me to have huge feeling of sadness throughout the entire time of the pandemic. So all in all, I haven’t felt really happy in the past two years, and it has particularly caught up with me during the past year. To worry me even more, my son has been dealing with some serious issues in Queensland, and in my opinion needs to have his Mum close by, even if it’s only for a quick visit. I’m sure he would not agree with me as he’s a big boy now and probably thinks he can deal with everything without involving his mum. I’d like to think that he still needs his mum, in times of stress.
I am starting to feel hopeful now, as the borders are opening, that 2022 will be the year that I get to see him and my three grandsons. I’m a bit hesitant to get on a plane just yet, due to testing and isolating issues, so plan to wait it out for just a little longer. When the time comes to head north, I will probably drive, as I probably won’t be confident to fly for a while yet.
I posted recently that my Word of the Year for 2021, which was Health, wasn’t a huge success, I had decided not to have a word of the year in 2022. My thought was that I would just ‘wing it’ and go with the flow, with no expectations, and no planning as no amount of planning seemed to make things any better last year. However, the more I thought about it, I became open to having a word of the year for 2022. I’m a bit of a planner, so not having some sort of plan tends to go against the way I operate. Also,
I do love choosing a WOTY, and thinking about it as the year evolves, as it tends to keep me focused. Rather, I should say that it does when it works! Last year was a write off as far as my Word of the Year is concerned. However, I’m not completely down and out. I’m coming back for another try.
2022 Word Of The Year
I tend to have my best ideas, at times, when I’m not thinking or trying to plan. My WOTY came to me in the middle of one of those long nights when I couldn’t sleep. I wasn’t thinking about my word at all, but was only worrying about not being able to sleep and having to get up early, and what I mess I would be. In those early hours, my word just came to me. The more I thought about it over the next few days, the more I realised that it is the perfect Word of the Year, for where I am at, after two years of the pandemic, lockdowns and border closures.
As I think about the coming year, and what may be in store for me, I can honestly say that whatever is on the cards for me in 2022, my priority will be happiness. It won’t take anything huge like a Lotto win, or an overseas trip to make me happy. These days, it’s the small and simple things that make me happiest. I have no expectations for the coming year, but I do intend that happiness will feature. I’m going to make an effort to not get caught up in worrying about things that I can’t change.
My Word of the Year for 2022 is Happiness.
Things That Make Me Happy
My plan in 2022 is to spend more time doing the things that make me happy, and concentrating on the positives in life. The thing that would make me happiest of course, is to be able to see my son and grandsons in Queensland. Other than that huge event, the following things always make me happy, so I plan to include plenty of them into 2022. I do tend to get easily caught up with what I should be doing, and tend to put off the ‘fun stuff’. I’m pretty sure that’s the responsiblity gene of an oldest child at work. In 2022, I will be making the fun stuff a bigger priority and will be smiling and laughing more. Below are a few of the things that make me happy, in no order.
Spending time with my dogs
Walking and Bushwalking
Cycling – both indoor and outdoor
Strength training and gym work
Representing my community on the City of Bendigo Council for Positive Ageing
This post is linked to Denyse’s Link up which occurs each Monday. The optional prompt for this week is Beginning.
Happy New Year Denyse, and thanks for continuing the link up in 2022, as it is a huge source of inspiration and motivation for me. Last year this link up was a life line for me and blogging. I’m fairly sure that without it I would have given up completely, when I hit a ‘flat’ spot during the year. Denyse, who is a huge support for the blogging community, gave me some very sage words of advice, which kept me going. I also came to realise that one of the things I value most about blogging is the connections I’ve made with other bloggers, and I couldn’t bear to lose that. I will be here for a while longer, even if the blog needs to evolve into something different, as time goes on. I have done that once in the past and can do it again. For now though, there will be no changes.
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