By: John Jericiau
I’m not a huge fan of New Year’s Eve and the celebrating that goes on around it. I’m not a big drinker (maybe once or twice a year) and I’m not a night person since I have been getting up early for years and years in order to fit in at least part of my daily triathlon training. I’m not really into noisy crowds, so being packed into a club or other venue (let alone Times Square!) like a can of sardines, and being forced to pay exorbitant money for the privilege, doesn’t really interest me. Watching the east coast feed of the celebration (so 9 pm my time) from the comfort of a living room with my husband and maybe a few friends is much more to my liking. For the record, I am a huge fan of the kiss that is expected as one year becomes the next.
What I do love about New Year’s Eve is reflecting on the past year’s highs and lows, and using that reflection to chart a course to follow for the next twelve months. Having written a holiday letter for the last few years, I now use that exercise (as well as the act of inserting that letter into each holiday card envelope, sealing it, and depositing it in the mail) as a way to honor but then tuck away those memories. It’s time for the infamous New Year’s Resolutions! I diligently write them all down in list form, share them with others, and try to refer back to them as the year progresses as kind of a report card for me. At times I find myself laughing in December that I actually thought I could fit in reading one book per month, or that I had hoped to reorganize my closets (for the fourth year in a row.) Other times I review my list and I’m pleasantly surprised at just how productive and full a year it’s been.
So what about 2012? It’s a leap year, and it has 22 in it, so it seems extra special from the get-go. What do I personally hope to happen this year? First off I really hope that we will have an addition to our family in 2012. I will do everything in my power to move the process along to create Baby #3. Having been through the process of IVF for our beautiful son Dylan, I am well aware that everything has to come together just right. (I’m so sorry but even my wit couldn’t see that pun coming.) The universe will make it happen, and I am its personal assistant.
Having ticked past age 50 just nine days ago, my health and fitness goals become paramount as I stare down the second half of my life. The first half of my life has been rich with experiences and rewards of a physical nature, but recently not so much. I bicycled alone across the United States (from NYC to Washington state and then down the entire West Coast to San Diego) when I was 22 (I can’t escape that number!) I’ve competed in the Hawaii Ironman Triathlon World Championships four times, as well as hundreds and hundreds of other competitions in the last three decades, ranking as high as 13th in the nation in my age group. I have swam around the island of Key West, Florida (12 ½ miles), and have run the LA, NYC, and Paris Marathons.
Having children in my life definitely slows me down and keeps me off the winner’s podium. I’m not complaining, but I do want to get fit again for my family. I want to see my kids get married and have kids of their own, and the math ain’t looking too good if I only live an average lifespan. So 2012 is a great year to can the Diet Coke, dispense with the gum, and lay off the potato chips. Put a freeze on ice cream binging, stop eating my boys’ leftover Gogurt, and look past the pasta. And as long as I’m at it, get 3-year-old Dylan to eat more veggies and fruits as well, as he is currently rotating through rice, meatballs, bananas, and yogurt as his primary sources of nutrition, which can’t be good.
There are other extraneous items that make this year’s list. Landscape our yard and build a fort for the boys. Take a family cruise vacation. Get together more with friends. Look for an upgrade on our minivan. (Since the lease is up in a year, I’m hoping for -I mean expecting -an additional passenger, and there are ONLY 19 cup holders in this basic model.) Choose the right kindergarten for Devin. Be as supportive as possible of Alen’s new (job) positions. Learn more Armenian.
As I write this blog and update everyone on my year’s progress, I’m hoping that all of you can help me keep on target, push through obstacles, and maintain my momentum in 2012. And so far, 18 hours in, it’s looking like a fantastic year!