This may sound weird, but, as I get older, I’m starting to realize that, well, I’m getting older! It used to seem only theoretical that my 20s would ever end, but now that I’m well into my 30s … 40 and beyond doesn’t seem so impossible any more. And while I don’t always make New Year’s resolutions, this seems like a good time to think about the things that I can do NOW to make sure that when I am older, I’m still able to lead an active and fulfilling life, one that’s filled with lots of fun moments like this one, eating a delicious dessert with my daughter!
So, to that end, here are some of the things I’m pledging to myself to do not only in the coming year — but starting today:
1. Take more walks. This past year, I haven’t done as much running as I’d been doing in the previous few years, but I have really been getting into taking walks. Something about just slowing down, taking in the scenery, and getting fresh air really rejuvenates me, mentally and physically. Sometimes I’m just not up for a trip to the gym or anything strenuous, but a walk almost always sounds appealing.
2. Do a better job at sending birthday and holiday cards and presents to my extended “family.” Some of my best friends, the girls my daughter calls “aunties”, live in California, and they all have young children. While I’m sad that we don’t all live in the same town anymore, I still want to be a part of their lives, and of their kids’ lives. I hope that when they all get older, they’ll enjoy coming to visit their own Auntie April here on the East Coast!
3. Take swimming lessons. Ok, so, I know how to swim, sort of. I mean, I can get from point A to point B, but I do a kind of hybrid doggy-paddle / crawl, and I’ve always wanted to know how to do a real breaststroke. If not now, when?
4. Learn more about the art and technology of photography, so I don’t have to just rely on luck and the fact that I can take a bunch of digital images and know one of them is bound to turn out well. I get a lot of joy out of taking photos; why not learn some more about the craft so I can get even more enjoyment out of it?
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