Happy New Year, everyone!
The year has ticked forward, and like all of them, it had uppy ups and downy downs. I regrettably already lost a friend who'd been in hospice for about a year.
Her name is Lisa Kovanda, and she was a writer friend of mine, and former president of the Nebraska Writers Guild. She was a class act and I'll dearly miss her.
Facing mortality for loved ones and friends is not an easy thing. Among the many conflicting feelings and thoughts, there also lies introspection for oneself, and the life you've led thus far, and the life you will lead.
An opportunity to consider the upcoming year. Not necessarily with a resolution with a specific goal of doing X things by Y date, but instead as a season with a theme of something you wish to do either more or less in the coming season, maybe a few months, maybe the whole year.
And so, to again take inspiration from the Cortex podcast, I'm choosing a theme for the season, however long that may be.
Definitely not the nineteenth century synonym for tuberculous. No, this pertains to being more aware of the things I put into my body and into my mind.
This not only applies to coming back to reality after a holiday season of eating delicious, but not-so-healthy food, but also media I consume. I waste a good deal of time with very passive media, often educational Youtube videos, which are arguably not as bad as other time sinks, but I'd like to be more active in the media I consume, rather than passively watching.
Admittedly, this is variation on a prior theme from a few years ago that I deemed "a season of better inputs", but it's something I wish to attempt to revisit improving in myself.
And that's what I'll aim to do this season.