I swore I wouldn’t do this. “This” of course being the 2011 wrap-up, 2012 projections, happy new year post.
I’m determined not to rehash old posts -not because some aren’t worth a second look, but because the ones that are have, for the most part, already had one – and since I don’t really have any 2012 plans yet, that part was out too.
Blame the pilot of the plane I took last night, leaving Madrid as the clock struck 12, looking down on the fireworks from above. He was the one who got all romantic, informing us that we would be starting 2012 in ascent and hoping that it would be a “psychomagical” sign of the way the year would progress. The truth is that while I know that there’s no difference between December 31 and January 1 and that you can start anew whenever your heart desires, I do feel a little thrill of excitement at the thought of a brand new year, just waiting for us to make our marks on it.
While I don’t have resolutions specific to 2012, I do, of course, have things I’d like to accomplish in the not-too-distant future. If success happens to coincide with the calendar year, then that’s just fabulous, but I won’t be racing to finish the following in 366 days (happy leap year!). Mostly I just wanted to share some goals and desires I’ve got in the back of my mind on a day when so many are doing the same.Make our apartment look fabulous: While I’ll never be one of those women who lives in a design magazine any more than I was one of those girls who could do hair for prom (didn’t you hate them? or maybe you were one of them), a couple little repairs and things like hanging some pictures and buying a few more accents could go a long way.
Travel smarter: I’m proud of how I managed to stick to my goal of doing from last year. I took weekend trips to the south of Chile, Buenos Aires and Rio, when previously I think I would have gotten hung up on travel time and cost. But that doesn’t mean I can relax. Since Rodolfo’s still playing handball, our schedules revolve around the team’s whims. Last year, that meant plenty of travel-ripe long weekends lost after having spent weeks in limbo as to whether or not he’d be free. This year, I’d like to plan ahead more in order to avoid missing out.
Travel to at least one new country: It’s not a race. There is plenty to see in countries I’ve already been to. Some familiar countries are probably even more interesting than some unknown-to-me countries. Yeah yeah yeah. All of that may be true, but I think you’re lying if you don’t admit that there’s a certain thrill to seeing a new country that nothing can replace. I had some wonderful trips in 2011, but I didn’t manage to visit a new country since I decided not to travel more in Europe, and my passport needs a little spice in its life.
Keep trying to figure out my back pain: Acupuncture didn’t help, and neither did a chiropractor. I’m not sure where I’ll go from here – possibly exercises on my own, possibly back to physical therapy – but going nowhere is not an option. Experience has shown that ignoring it doesn’t help, so I want to keep being proactive until a find a solution.
Whatever your views on new years and resolutions, I hope 2012 is a great one!