Looking Back

Since this is the last post of 2022, it’s time for me to look back on this year that is soon to end. I couldn’t find an image that had a giant “Past” circle and a much smaller future one, so I settled for this one. I have been in my RetCom (retirement community) for going on to two calendar years now! Time flies, especially when there is less of it ahead. 🙃

Instead of going back to the beginning (1946), I am concentrating on this year that will end in 2 days.

  • The final visit to my older brother meant the world to me, especially since he died within two months of my visit. Those four days will live in my memories for the rest of my life.
  • The big event for 2022 were my 9,000-mile treks across the U.S. Those trips had been on my bucket list for almost as long as I remember. I’m glad I got it done when I did, but it was not without its challenges. Among them was COVID raised its ugly head when it came to having a meal and so many places that had such restricted hours.
  • The heat of Arizona was surprising to me. It was in the 100s + for all my stay there. That meant that camping out was not it in the books, so I had several unscheduled stays in hotels. But it was also one of the highlights of the trip when I got to meet Bob Lowery and his wife Betty. They have been virtual friends for about a decade. To finally meet them in person was a pure joy.
  • Every year for the last ten or so, I have designated a theme for each year’s travels. The theme for this year, and therefore these trips, was “museums”. I probably visited at least twenty of them. While for the most part, they were enjoyable, but I have now seen enough of them now to last a lifetime.
  • My RetComLife (retirement community life) got more comfortable as this year progressed. I have met more people than I could possibly remember during this year. I know my social ineptitude disturbs some, but more and more of them are no longer put off by my “ears” which are all the tools I used to turn their voices into texts that I can read. As of last week, I am now on the “Food Committee” which is an interface between the chef and the residents. I hope, going forward, that the committee is open to some of my outside-the-box suggestions to make dining experiences here more enjoyable. I know the management of the parent company here are some pretty conservative folks, so convincing them to make some fundamental changes will be challenging, but I kinda think I am up to it. But, then again, I have to be careful not to get into the DQ mode. No, I’m not talking about Dairy Queen but, the Don Quixote mode where I fixate one making things I come across better. A few months ago, I promised myself to quit doing that now.
  • I continued to struggle with my purpose in life going forward. In 2022, I haven’t been able to figure out how to add value by my future time on this earth. Sometimes, I just don’t know if life is worth living now. I have tried numerous things to ameliorate that feeling, but for the most part, those attempts were failures this year. Fortunately, those feelings are becoming less frequent now, so I am convinced that 2023 will be a better year in that regard.

In early 2023 I will delve into what I hope this new year will be for me.

How was your year? Would you like to share a highlight or two?

6 thoughts on “Looking Back

  1. Part of your purpose is to continue writing on this blog to share the wisdom that you have gained over the years. Your writing is honest and makes the readers think, which is all you can ask of one. I have a feeling that 2023 will be a better year that will have many “interesting” moments that will both challenge us and also provide a few chuckles along the way. Thank you for what you do.

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    1. Thanks, Harold, for the heartfelt comments. Over the years I have thought about giving up blogging, but it is so much part of me now, that is not at all likely. My view numbers are not what they were once, but I still have a fairly loyal base, who, for whatever reasons, hangs on. I appreciate every one of you.

      Yeah, I kind of think that 2023 will be one of my better years. It certainly couldn’t be much worse than the last few. 🙃

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  2. Your visit to our home and the meal we shared were very special for us, too. A fear of Covid almost canceled our time together; I am glad we were able to fulfill our desire to finally meet face-to-face.

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    1. As I said in the post, Bob, it was one of the highlights of my Southwest trip. Due to being a deaf Aspie, I have had problems with people getting to know me. I think I am finally beginning to make some satisfying friends at my RetCom. Yeah, 2023 is going to be a good year. Happy New Years to you and Betty.

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  3. Sorry to hear about your brother. And I can relate to not feeling like having a purpose. But I’m getting better at being okay with not having a purpose. Sometimes, that even makes me feel free, like everything’s a blank slate. Anyway, wishing you all the best for 2023!

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