I never said, “I’ll be glad to watch this year go; hopefully, next year will be better.” Every year of my life has brought its challenges and laughter. Granted, each year has been different–sometimes 360 degrees different, but still each year has been interesting, confounding, and humorous.
As I child, I didn’t like January 1, even though we celebrated my paternal grandfather’s birthday I was bored by the endless, TV football games and dreaded I would go back to school tomorrow. For me, it was a very long stretch to spring break and summer vacation. Further, it would be months before the sun shone, the daffodils appeared, and I could rid myself of boots and a winter coat. I’d be sentenced to a classroom writing a report about George or Abraham, cutting and pasting hearts on doilies, wearing green, ad nauseam.
Admittedly, 2017 changed my life. While it has been a year of joy and accomplishment, it has been a year of introspection. Now when a major home improvement needs done, when a big-ticket appliance breaks, when I get the itch for a new car, I make each decision based on a 20-25, year warranty. Yes, 2018 will bring my 70th birthday. A most anchoring realization. I don’t want to replace an air conditioner when I’m eighty, nor dicker with car sales folk.
Yet, 2018 will also bring my youngest’s 30th birthday and her magical, fifth year as cancer-free, so I’ll suck it up. I’ll turn 70. I’ll publish my first novel in collaboration with my brother. I’ll get another tattoo, buy a puppy, and take a riverboat cruise on the Mississippi, if I can find someone who wants to tag along. But most importantly, I’ll throw a big party in celebration of my youngest, fifth cancerversery.
Let the ball drop, NYC. Dr. Suze is ready for 2018! Happy New Year!