A Brand New You, Effective Tomorrow
Tomorrow you get to become anyone in the world that you wish. Who are you? You can choose to be anyone alive today, or someone gone long ago. If you decide to stay “you” share your rationale.
There is no one, living or dead, that I would want to trade places with. I have enough to deal with just being me. Believe me.
In fact, there is very little about my life I would change if I could. Even the negatives, like my lower back condition, have their positives. Learning to live with pain strengthens the character. And besides, it helped kick me into high gear with losing weight and getting in better shape. I’ve lost 21 pounds from my highest weight ever, and that feels good.
I’ve also started swimming twice a week. I love to swim, always have. Don’t know why it took me so long to do this. Yesterday I swam 22 laps, which is 2/3 of a mile. I add a lap each time I go, so in about five weeks I should be doing the mile. Then I’ll start working on speed.
As I push through the water, I think about a lot of things. Mostly, though, I just try to enjoy the moment, the movement, and the silky feel of the water surrounding me. Swimming is an isolated exercise, even when you’re sharing a lap lane with another swimmer. You really can’t have any conversation 🙂 Isolation is good for me. I’m an introvert—that is, I need to be alone and quiet to recharge my batteries. Swimming lets me do that.
One thing I really have to do this year is figure out a way to get uninterrupted writing time so I can do more than my blog posts. I need a block of time, say four hours or so, when no one will bother me. No phone, no husband. And there’s the rub. He just doesn’t get it. A closed door seems to beckon him to open it. He has a hard time understanding that even a five-minute interruption can get me completely off track. Halts the flow. Stops the inspiration. Sigh.
Anyway, I’m taking this opportunity to wish you all a productive, challenging, growth-inspiring new year. Let’s keep writing.
And maybe Wordy will get inspired, too, and give us some fresh prompts.