New Year’s eve morning as I write this. I’ve spent the week between Christmas and today pondering the events of 2016. I’m surprised at the number of surprises I had in 2016. It was a year of surprises. And I’d like another please. I believe this is because of my new commitment to extemporaneous living, instead of planning everything out. There’s a flow going on.
Here’s my list. I suspect you had tons of surprises too. What’s on your list?
I never imagined that…
I’d go to Milan and attend a performance at La Scala.
I’d have a big fight with my brother. This is tremendously sad and bad.
I’d lose two dear friends, Bob Julien and David Sterling.
My ESL tutoring and College Coach consulting would be so active and rewarding.
I’d visit Chicago twice for wonderful extended stays.
I’d become a successful Sixty & Me guest blogger, with plans for a nonfiction book in the works.
I’d have such a sparkling, magical, major birthday.
I’d take a girly road trip with my high school friend Jeanette, revisiting the West of my youth — Montana, Wyoming, Colorado. Two gals in a blue jeep, driving into the horizon.
I’d reconnect with two childhood, touchstone friends I hadn’t seen for decades.
Hillary Clinton would not be our 45th president. Oh, and Brexit.
My trusty Toyota would finally give up the ship and that I’d buy a new car. (This was definitely NOT in the plan. As I was fretting, Nette said, “Liza, it’s just a car.” She’s right!)
My daughter would move back home to finish writing her thesis. A beautiful, new, adult relationship forged. And she’s about to move to France. Hmm…I see visits to France in my future…
My son would become a happy hotelier.
I’d re embrace yoga and Pilates as the cornerstones of my life.
I’d have already planned and booked an adventure to Alaska for Sept. 2017.
I’d do so much downsizing and so much maintenance on my house, readying it for sale. That I’d have not one but two enormous garage sales. With my eye on another to come.
I’d enjoy a quick, dreamy escape in Tulum the week before Christmas.
I’m sure there’s lots more. What surprises did you experience in 2016? What are your dreams for 2017? Hold onto your hats! as they say.