My 2020 January in Wellington was perfect for this writer and closet introvert: grey and solitary. I spent it pondering and planning and writing. No new year resolutions in this household: plans and projects evolve with time and attention. I love the writing process. (Reminder to northern hemisphericals: January is high summer in New Zealand.)
Don’t worry, I do take holidays! This year will be special, with two mystery trips planned by my sisters and children respectively to celebrate my 80th birthday, plus 3 family days at WOMAD 2020 in New Plymouth. If that’s not an awesome almost-continuous 3-month holiday I don’t know what is. Yippee!
Today is the last day of January. Here, people are back in the city, work and school have resumed, clubs and gyms are almost back in full swing. So let me summarise what I’ve done since Christmas. The list shows what’s in store on this website.
- I signed a contract with The Cuba Press for my new book of poems, How To Be Old.
- I committed myself to creating Almost Old: a unique self-help course in aging well.
- I wrote the first draft of a workbook for Almost Old, which will be available soon…
- I revamped the front page of this website to feature Almost Old, and adding the first batch of information about it
- I’ve started a Meetup group, the Almost Old in Wellington group; first meetup is on 10 March 2020 at the Quaker’s meeting house in Moncrieff Street, Mt Victoria. Please tell your friends.
- I recorded 3 more episodes of the podcast, How To Be Old —Hey I really love this thing and you might too. It’s not like any other podcast I’ve ever heard. Sometimes that’s a good thing.
- Vision for Ageing in Aotearoa accepted me as a speaker: I’m honoured to be part of this conference jointly run by the NZ Association of Gerontology and Age Concern New Zealand.
- As a member of Crows Feet Dance Collective I started learning a new dance to perform at the the Seasoned Symposium in Christchurch — this is a bit scary but hey.
- Yesterday I committed myself to tutoring a short course on blogging for SeniorNet Wellington. That’s not finalised yet but I’m happy about the prospect.
- I’ve hosted guests for AirBnB three times —oops, must rush with the housework, others are due this afternoon…
- And yes, I did have some good times with friends and family — it’s no life at all without my people.
Whew! Look at that! Am I even human? No wonder I’m feeling both proud and tired. I’m shocked at how much I’ve achieved. But January is a now-or-never time for tough writing, when my days are my own and even email fades to a distant blip. (I doubt you noticed that my blog was kind of quiet. But now you know why.) Now you see why I love a solitary summer at home.
OK 2020, you can now begin. From now on I can almost cruise where my work is concerned: it’s far from finished but I’m starting on the right foot, it’s under control. I know where I’m going in 2020, and nobody is more surprised than me. New year resolutions? Redundant.