I know that January 1st only has as much meaning as we ascribe to it. Nonetheless, there’s something about the dawning of another year that always feels exciting and full of promise. As long as there are no resolutions involved, I’m happy.
I gave up New Year’s resolutions years ago because I am spectacularly bad at keeping them. Resolutions always seem to involve deprivation, and I am no good at deprivation. But I do like reflecting on the past year and setting intentions for the year ahead.
Eric and I have been busily planning out our next year of travels, which will take us to a mind-boggling number of new places. At the same time, I’m putting together a map of our last year’s journey, which once again involved a circumnavigation of the country. It would help immensely if we had a stretch of decent internet coverage. My intention is to get this blog up to date in the next couple of months, but if you’ve been traveling along with us for a while, you know my good intentions don’t always align with reality (I’m blaming it on the fact that we do too much and too often have terrible internet). If nothing else, however, I am tenacious and I will get it done.
Really, the only intention I have is this, which is already in the sidebar of our blog but at New Year’s deserves to be front and center:
Instructions for living a life:
Tell about it.
And, of course, to be kind and generous and forgiving, with ourselves and all of humanity.
We wish you all the best in the coming year. May you find joy and peace, and may you also have the opportunity to realize your dreams.