It's January 4th. It's my Dad's 92nd birthday. I am at home isolating and working from home today in Ireland. I have had the most wonderful experiences for the last several weeks so I can be incredibly grateful that we managed to stay away from the variant that is rampant until now. Things seem to have worked out really well for me the last while during the Pandemic. I haven't come into close contact with anyone who has had covid until now so that was very lucky and with the new variant it seems that it can be picked up even easier than before.
We did want that though, we wanted to all become infected to erradicate the virus as long as we are safe doing so that is! The Spanish Flu was erradicated by it becoming an Endemic and I see an 'END' in that word right there! It eventually became part of the common cold and was classified as lower and lower risk status eventually leading to it being erradicated. We are on day 2 of our isolation period (I think or is it day 3!) and I have my flight back to Germany booked for Sunday on the premise that I will have a negative result. We need to remain calm and stay with a positive mindset that even if we do get the virus that it will be mild. May it be swift, mild and be gone as quickly as it arrived.
As I sit here in the wee hours of the morning, I reflect on the previous year's goals that I set for myself and I feel good about how much I wanted to focus on my mental health, how much I got myself together and really engaged more with life and loved it. I am also proud of my friends and family for being so supportive, encouraging, positive people that got through the Pandemic. Not only that but I would even say that they understood my need for quietness, respected my boundaries when I was a little cautious and really put an effort into more contact. It was challenging to say the least and I am proud to have such great friends and family.
The next steps then for 2022 are to look at my new intentions. I have set some goals, I've looked at them a little differently this year. I am less afraid as I was last year. I think, for some reason, I was waiting for something to happen. I was in a state of flux at one point too. There were so many deaths, I was exhausted and emotionally drained and that's okay, weren't we all, it's behind us now. It's in the past. We grow, we learn, we move on and keep the lessons and I am glad of it. I understand more with the relationship with myself now than ever before and also the relationship with my friends and family of which is of great importance to me.
This next year I want to focus on the whole-life success model. I looked at different categories of life and set some goals. I am relaxed about these although I still want something to keep me focused on being the best version of myself and living my best life. I am affording myself opportunities by setting goals, we can play ball all we want but without a goal to kick the ball into, the game is pointless. It's all about having fun and taking life as it is. Life is what you make it and I am making mine a paradise!
I am vaccinated and the world has opened up as a result. I am in a privileged position. I plan to do a little travel next year - of course, as safely as possible that is. I would love to climb a mountain. I have other goals too and set these based on the model I mentioned above - the whole-life success model. I am grateful that we have gotten this far and I am even more grateful for the solid foundations in re-discovering some relationships and for the understanding and compassion that everyone is showing especially to those that drop off the radar for a bit while they get their life together too.
Here's to 2022! I plan to sing more, laugh more, love more and enjoy life more and these goals/intentions focus my mind on what life is all about - having the best craic while learning along the way.