It’s the ending of another year and a time of contemplation. So many lessons have been realized and applied to my life before moving into 2016. In addition, I have discovered even more things to leave behind.
On A Positive Note:
My third year as a blogger is rapidly approaching. I still have a whole lot to learn. I’m growing and promise to improve – slow and steady wins the race. I couldn’t have gotten this far without those of you who visit and show me so much support. Words can never express my appreciation.
I have completed my first children’s book and started on a second. I am currently looking for an illustrator.
Every year, life never allows me to forget how grateful I should be. Here’s why:
One takeaway that I have learned in 2015 is that I refuse to engage in matters that are not worth addressing. I have mentioned to you before that my blood pressure was so bad at one point that the right side of my face was completely paralyzed and the left side of my body was slightly numb and tingling for months. (I have photos. I am too self-conscious to show them, as I look horrible.). I will show one. I was smiling and was actually getting better. My face was far worse. I was unrecognizable.
The stresses of life can be quite daunting for all of us. Just last month, life has been one trial after another. What you don’t know is that early this November, I was released from the hospital and was diagnosed with malignant hypertension. I was close to a full on stroke or heart attack (again). For those who understand, my bp registered at 276/141. Not only was my head too heavy to lift and felt like an eighteen wheeler truck was driving around in there, my sight was/is blurry.
Rather than sleeping all day as I was advised, I refused to let that deter me from my goals. I internalized everything and kept going. Maybe it wasn’t such a good idea to internalize everything. It took a toll on my health. If I want to live, I must do a few things to stay well.
So here’s what I am going to do. First, I’m not making any more damn resolutions! I’m living day-by-day and whatever I learn, I will apply it to my life as it stands. In other words, why should I make a resolution when I can formulate actual goals. If you become aware of anything that you know you would like to change, do it in the moment. Do not wait.
Second, you cannot take life too seriously. Accept the things you cannot change. If there is a hiccup in the plans you made, it’s not the end of the world. Create a plan B.
Third and last. Worrying is not healthy. Stress is a silent killer. This is one thing that I know firsthand.
Whatever occurred in 2015, forge ahead and look to the future. Believe in your hearts that more satisfying things are coming. Life is too short to make promises. Live like every day is your last.
Go into 2016 without any lingering troubles. Love yourself, reset the clock, and start anew.
Have safe travels and a wonderful holiday.