Some interesting finds this year are:
I had to give up my swimming lessons in January 2020 when everything exploded and I can feel my fear of water dampening my soul,
but I am looking forward to the fact that I can pick up from where I left off in the future or even re-learn to conquer my fears.
I had to spend almost twice the hours doing that one thing I always hated, which is to record my voice (for my lessons),
but I am looking forward to doing the same but with acceptance of the fact that I, at least, have to listen to it only once (to check if it is ok) but it’s worse for my students 😉.
I had a mini breakdown for the first time in my teaching in the Uni when some feedback from the students became too personal to be accepted as constructive criticism,
but I am looking forward to looking at them again for the next semester and continue my work with the same passion and hoping that one day they might get my jokes and my sarcastic comments 😉.
I was amazed at how the youngsters took to the digital form of living (virtual schools, workshops, remote catch ups) etc. so easily with so many tools (Zoom, Teams, Meet etc.),
and I am looking forward for the elders to catch up with them and prove that they can mute their Zoom sessions without having to search for the button every single time.
I hadn’t traveled this year as much as I would have loved to, not just to my home country but also within the UK (except for one small one that we did in August),
but I am looking forward to exploring my city’s nooks and corners more and find those hidden gems and rubble.
I had the pleasure of indulging in my friend’s baked goodies which he experimented every week the bake off was on,
and I am looking forward to enjoying more of his baked goodies even when the bake off is off and also encourage other friends of mine who are good at baking to experiment to their hearts pleasure as I am only too glad to be their guinea pig ;).
I had to finally give up on my resolve never to buy a weighing scale as I was afraid that I would be only too obsessed with it and would end up measuring my weight every other day,
but I am looking forward to using it wisely to ensure I balance myself well on baked goodies and healthy meals.
I had been trying very hard to encourage Mr M to switch to the digital medium of books (aka using kindle) and buy only paperbacks for those which we might need forever,
and I am looking forward to buying him one as he finally came around to it close to Christmas. It is only wise to invest in it as he devours as many books as I do and we are running out of space in our home.
It is easy to look back and worry at how and what causes this shake up, feel angry at all things said and done, feel annoyed at people for their ignorance and stupidity,
but I think controlling what I can, taking pleasure in small things and small moments, being grateful and happy for the lovely people in my life, and hoping for the best in the future by doing the best I can to be part of it is the only way forward.
Wishing you all a Very Happy, Peaceful, Healthy New Year.
View from my Window
I am glad to have a green patch on one side of our house where we hear the birds chirping in the morning. In fact, I am woken up by them at around 4.30 am recently and they are chirping away until the afternoon. I decided to leave my camera out just in case I spot some of them being still even if only for a second. Most of them are not, but I get lucky once in a while. I was lucky once today.
Merry Christmas Wishes