We had been out grocery shopping and my wife suggested we stop for ice cream. It’s winter and it’s cold, but sometimes you need a reward. While I was drinking my shake, I noticed two things. First, I noticed that the young server failed to give me a cherry on the top of my shake. I noticed too the date on the receipt. For the first time, the year jumped out at me, not because it looked odd or strange, but because it looked right.
The irony was not lost on me. When I start to get used to writing the correct year on a check or at the top of a letter, we have to change it to a new number. Here comes 2023!
What will the year bring?
I want to make a few predictions for the year or even a resolution or two, but, at the same time, I just want the year to be a normal year. I don’t want to unintentionally bring on a swarm of locusts or another new pandemic. I laugh but could easily see anything happen.
I think we all want a good year. My plans for 2023 are simple. My wish for family, friends, and acquaintances is a happy and healthy year. I want to keep writing. I want to grow my blog. I posted 143 times in 2022. I’d like to match that. Of course, I’d like to add new readers too. My biggest blog goal is to write content that matters and to create a spot for two-way dialogue and connections to happen.
I want to take better care of myself. Yes, that means a normal diet and exercise. Ugh.
I want to do well in my job. And, I want to figure out what I’m supposed to do with the rest of my life. (Yes, I’m in my mid-50’s with a wife, three grown kids, and a dog and I’m still trying to figure out what I want to do when I grow up. Yea, there’s probably more than a few blogs in that statement to keep me busy through most of next year.)
What I want from every year
And oh yea, I want to spend time with my wife and kids and have fun doing it. I want to be “present” in the moment and make the most of everyday. Yes, I have a few other make believe resolutions/dreams too, including win a million dollars, give millions to charity, buy a Lamborghini, and travel across the globe.
And oh yea, I want one more thing for 2023: I want the cherry on top of my milk shake.