Happy New Year!
Last week I wrote about the holidays; about the difficulty of travel, the troubles that can come from a lot of close family time and how no matter where you go home is where you come from.
Well, my mom read that and thought I wasn’t enjoying my Christmas time with my loved ones. I assured her that I was and I meant it. I am lucky to be part of a phenomenal and loving family and I did have an awesome holiday season. And, as I mentioned, I drove to and from so I didn’t have to endure any airlines, airports or the hassles of air travel.
All that said, there is nothing like coming home. It makes you remember and appreciate that you have this home, this sanctuary that you have set up in a part of the world where you (hopefully) have chosen to live and that it’s all yours.
I returned late Saturday night and as I hiked with my girlfriends on Sunday morning I was reminded of how much I love living in Los Angeles. I’d just returned from a place where snow was piled up in the streets, a real winter wonderland, and here I was going up Runyon Canyon on a beautiful, sunny 73 degree day in early January where to the left of me I could see ships on the ocean in front of Catalina Island and to the right of me I could see the Griffith Park Observatory framed by distant snow capped mountains. There were a few clouds in a blue sky and clean, clear air all around me. I was with the family we make as adults, those people who share our interests and lifestyles and I was enjoying one of my favorite pastimes.
What could be better? Of course, Monday brought the grind back into focus, but having been refreshed by time away I am ready to get back into it and face the challenges that this year will present.
What are your plans for 2010? Personally I am not one for New Years’ Resolutions. I have goals and I intend to accomplish them but I don’t consider them New Years’ Resolutions. Am I kidding myself? If they coincide with the start of a new year are they indeed New Years’ Resolutions? What do you think?