As we find ourselves at the beginning of another year, I think we all find ourselves thinking about where it will go, what we’ll do and how we’ll end up after another trip around the sun. Some people like to make resolutions, others prefer to set goals and some don’t acknowledge it at all. While I was thinking things over, the one thing that struck me is that no matter what you like to do, it’s a time to look ahead.
This year, I know that I want to live more in the moment with my loved ones, and that includes my husband and the dogs. I see Bunny aging faster than I’d like to admit and it’s a little scary. But life with Lilac and Treat taught me that you never know what the future is going to hold. I had Treat, who I thought was going to live to be an old lady and was gone at barely ten years old and Lilac didn’t retire until she was almost eight years old and loved it so much here that she lived to be over sixteen. You can’t know what’s going to happen in the future of any of your loved ones, and if you spend that quality time worrying about what’s going to be, you miss out on a lot of moments.
So, I’m thinking that instead of setting goals and distracting myself with other things, this year I just want to enjoy life with them. That’s not to say that I don’t have things that I want to accomplish this year. I do have some goals, but I want to focus on enjoying life and those quiet moments that we often miss. We had a dream about hiking to the frozen waterfalls again this year on New Year’s Day, but the dangerous weather put an end to that. That doesn’t mean we can’t do it later when it’s safe to be outside, it just means we decided to start the year off with a healthy dose of wisdom. The girls and I may find ourselves visiting some dog friendly establishments if we don’t get a break soon, but for now, we’re choosing to appreciate a reason to stay in, curl up together and dream about what we’ll do when warmer weather comes.
I know that we humans need to focus on living healthier and that will undoubtedly benefit the dogs. I’m pretty sure they won’t mind helping us get into some better habits as long as they don’t have to brave the arctic to do it. I just want to get to the end of 2018 and say that we enjoyed it, had fun and are happier than we were at the beginning. I’ll consider that a success at the end of the year.
What are some of your goals, hopes and dreams for the coming year? We’d love to hear what you’re up to!