100th Story – Out With The Old, In With The New
It was not intentional or oringally planned to have my 100th story written to coincide with the New Year, but as it looked like a possibility, I decided to make that planned effort. And so, here it is, my 100th official story, saying goodbye to 2012 and hello to 2013.
You know what? I am not going to list everything that happened in 2012, bad or good. I am only going to look forward.
I am not one to make resolutions. But here are plans that I hope to make happen, and wishes that I would like to see come true.
I want to make sure that everyone in my life knows how much they mean to me. I value any time spent with you, whether it be via IM on Facebook, snailmail, a visit to my home or yours, whether we meet ever or share a meal. I know that if it ever came to it, I could ask you for favor as you could ask of me, and we would be there for each other. And to those who make it their goal to cause me stress and strife, I want to do a better job with not giving you that power.
I am one major step closer to writing my first book, thanks to all of you. I will hopefully have begun to write that book in 2013. I have read every comment written to me about my stories and will begin to assemble the format of the book. All the while, continuing my stories here, and other publishing efforts elsewhere. I am hoping also to return to public speaking as an inspirational/motivational speaker.
I definitely want to stay out of the hospital, but will be happy if I can keep the emergency room visits to one. An emergency room visit is just that, an emergency, not something planned. This past year, my body let me know that it was still in charge. So while I plan to continue my long term cancer survivor care, I really hope to have the unplanned trips to the hospital reduced.
I do not want to jinx it, but at least as far as we are concerned, this will be my longest marriage. Wendy and I have been through an enormous amount. While things happen as we get older in life, we had no idea the events that either would face. Whether our role is patient or caregiver, we know the importance to each other. We are Ying and Yang, polar opposites in so many interests, but share the most important common bond, raising our family.
I know it is a lot to ask, but can I have at least another strong year with Pollo? A golden retriever with a heart of gold, the most loyal of friends will turn 13 in February. The box of rocks did something very foolish last year which almost ended his life prematurely. Wendy and I rehabbed him back to health, and he continues to be the “happy golden”. Watching him roll around in the snow today, just as he did twelve years ago, he is still a puppy with so much left in him.
An orange belt for me, and two blue belts for my daughters. While I always appreciate time spent with my girls, this is an interest that we all get to do with each other. Hopefully a picture of this to come.
Attention Pete Carroll and the Seattle Seahawks: I am going to be home this year. I believe you have a great chance to not only get to the Super Bowl, but to win it. I missed the one in 2006 for a very good reason. And now she is old enough and likes to watch the games with me.
I would like to see a ski slope again. It has been too long and Madison is bugging to try it. Our latest snow storm and she slapped the snowboard on that she got for Christmas. She is a natural.
I am going to run for the North Penn School Board Director again. My first election process was an exciting one and now that I know what to expect, just like at “half time” of a football game, adjustments will be made. There are currently three of us who are looking to carry on the momentum from the 2011 election. We fell just short, which clearly was a result of voters not coming out to the polls. It is going to be an exciting year. In spite of the planned political schedule, I want to take more time to see what my house is like.
I think that is enough pressure on me. Honestly, these really are not things that are difficult to achieve. To everyone, I wish you a happy, healthy, and prosperous new year! And please, continue to enjoy, get informed, and relax with my stories. Be safe, and see you soon. Happy New Year!