As I begin to put down my thoughts for this article some of the season’s holidays have already been celebrated or are about to be. Which brings us to the start of another new year and what many consider to be a fresh start.
Hopefully, you managed to successfully navigate through the past year with or without a mask. True there were some roadblocks, especially dealing with the effects of Covid-19 and its potential variants. Surely there were enough messages to encourage vaccinations and boosters, so many that you knew those messages verbatim.
I am trying my best to avoid mentioning inflation, the cost of fuel, groceries and about everything that impacts our way of life has drastically increased, enhanced by some bizarre decisions that were made. Oops, guess I failed.
Okay, let’s move on because that is what we do when that crystal ball drops in Times Square heralding the start of another New Year.
Obviously, we will still be dealing with the after-effects of last year but hope we can do this with a fresh outlook and with hopes that things will be getting better due to some smarter economic decisions being made, by elected officials. Oops, did it again.
So, what can we look forward to?
An effective solution to the current virus and its variations, a stronger economy, enhanced by lower fuel costs and lower taxes. Make some new friendships, stay close to family and all those you love can prove to be helpful.
Taking your health and wellness seriously is extremely important especially as we begin to put on years. Don’t be stagnant exercise, if possible, it is a small step that can really make your new year better.
2022 can be a particularly good year, if we take advantage of the calendar and all that each season offers. Assuming you live in the Northeast, you get the variety of seasonal changes unless you are a “Snowbird” in which case you get to change the weather thanks to United and Delta Airlines.
After some possible brutally freezing winter days and shoveling some several inches of snow (a dangerous form of exercise), who would not welcome some warm sunny 80-degree days? Let us remember those sizzling summer days that are sure to visit us next June, July and August sans complaints.
Back to reality, the start of a New Year provides numerous opportunities for doing things differently. You might discover a new fun hobby or take the time to relax with an enjoyable book, and there is always some binge watching (hello Netflix). And for those who want to get out how about participating in some voluntary causes where your experience can prove to be beneficial to both the voluntary organization and you.
We recognize that we are in the midst of some challenging times, and hopefully we will get through it. As stated, 2022 offers hope and the ability to maintain our well-being.
So, when that ball drops welcoming in another New Year, let us take advantage of it as if it’s a breath of fresh air. Ready or not, here comes 2022!
As the author of SENIOR SERVINGS, I wish you a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year.
A terrific way to start the New Year is with a scheduled appointment with any of the medical and wellness professionals that are listed on this Monmouth Health & Wellness website.
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A special thank you to all our great doctors, nurses, medical & wellness professionals, many whom have been involved in treating Covid-19 and its variants who are listed on this Monmouth Health and Wellness site. Stephen Dick is the president of SDMC, a full-service creative marketing communications resource