The Last Word

This Isn't My Year
Feb 3, 2023
Karla St. Myers, Editor
The Last Word

Happy 2023, all! I recently read something that really resonated with me, so I thought I would share. As we settle into the new year, it’s easy to get wrapped up (and sometimes overwhelmed) in all that we want to do and accomplish over the course of the next 10 months. This is a good reminder that goals and resolutions are very dependent on the individual who is setting them, and their current situation. 

This isn’t my year.

This isn’t my year to become ultra-organized.

This isn’t my year to tackle those looming house projects.

This isn’t my year to set some lofty business goal and absolutely crush it.

This isn’t my year to run a marathon. (It will probably never be that year.)

This isn’t my year to travel the world and adventure far from home.

This isn’t my year to be spontaneous and carefree, overflowing with date nights and girls nights.

This isn’t my year to serve up three-course meals on the regular.

This isn’t my year to say “yes” to all the things.

It simply isn’t my year…

The author, Krista Ward, goes onto say that it is her year to care for her little ones; to “spend evenings navigating homework time, meal time, bath time and bed time.” Maybe it’s your year to work on yourself. Maybe it’s your year to be a caretaker for a loved one. Maybe it’s your year to just slow down a little. Let’s also remember not to measure success or self-worth by what others are accomplishing — that can be a slippery slope. Whatever it is your year to do, be sure to find the simple pleasures in it. 

As Walt Whitman once said, “Do anything, but let it produce joy.”


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