Vignettes on Aging – Celebrate

We’re done. We’ve survived another holiday season. This season we saw a greater opening of activities and events than we had the previous year. We’re not out of the woods pandemic-wise and unless more people get on board with vaccinations, we may be continuing to wear masks this time next year.

For the most part, however, we’re done with holiday celebrating. The decorations are stored (hopefully!), and recipes are being replaced with workout and weight reduction plans. The good cheer is being switched with renewed commitments to get back to a healthier lifestyle. For many, without any celebrations to look forward to, their lives feel a little smaller, a little lonelier and empty.

As we age, we become the captains of our celebration ships. Without children underfoot, jobs to consider and plan around, and fully-functioning social activities, it’s left to us to make sure we continue to enjoy. We have to create our own things to cheer, be it something big or something small.

Do you have a plan in place to deal with the lull after the holiday festivities? Are you feeling alone and a little meh, or are you shifting your focus to those sustaining activities and endeavors that bring you great joy in the most private of ways?

What are you celebrating today?