December 24 – 31st Aging in America Review
A different format as I reflect on the year.
Same Time Next Year?
This week the end of the year is in sight. The beginning of a new year is around the corner. As I plan my goals for the year I am filled with hope. Old habits ripe for change. However, I also carry the experience of 2016 into the new year. Life experience like unwanted baggage leaves its mark.
Making Peace With Annus Horribulus
Similar to Queen Elizabeth I can claim an annus horribulus too. Living in London in 1992 the queen’s annus was headline news. I along with millions smirked each time I heard the phrase. Precisely the queen said, “1992 is not a year on which I shall look back with undiluted pleasure.” 2017 was my annus horribulus. How was yours? A mix of highlights and lowlights? More horribulus? Here is a tip for making peace. Acceptance. There is nothing one can do to change the past. What you can do is use the experience to plan for the future.
My Plan for 2017
I am going to practice acceptance. I know making peace with the past is not an on/off switch. It is complicated and it is possible. The inspiration, Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl. Frankl, an Auschwitz survivor describing his experience wrote, “The salvation of man is through love and in love.” By identifying a purpose in life to feel positively about. Then immersively imagining that outcome. Embracing this wisdom, now when I feel anger, despair, and fear. I embrace love. It is my mantra.
Happy New Year! Here’s to loving 2017!
About the Author
Currently, Judi Bonilla is the Director of Program Innovation at Advocates For Aging. She is the first gerontologist to speak at South by Southwest. Judi has also spoken at the American Society on Aging and Certified Senior Advisors conferences. She also served as a fellow for Hispanics in Philanthropy and Senior Service America. Judi is the author of Freewheeling After Sixty a book for older drivers. In addition, the City of San Diego honored her for launching Older Driver Safety Awareness Week.