I’m sitting at my desk typing this post and realizing that April is over and that a quarter of this year is already gone. As I am thinking back at the past month and look at the work I got done, I remember the goals I set for myself at the beginning of the year and I’m pleasantly surprised to discover that I am on track with my goals. Now it’s my monthly celebration time – the time to review, be grateful for, and celebrate my accomplishments.
Think about it and maybe now it’s a good time to revisit your goals, and, if you didn’t start, no problem. You can set new goals now and start anew or you can go back to your old ones and just start now.
Now, let’s get into my monthly highlights:
1. Continue to work on my blog
I continue to work on my blog and to feel challenged with every new thing I learn. At the same time, I truly enjoy the process. I keep lists and I love the feeling of accomplishment when I check off tasks on my to-do lists. I plan ahead my up-and-coming move for the next week and for the next month. I am more organized and I do everything faster. Sometimes I have to redo some work and to fix errors, and that takes more time than I expect, but that’s OK, because there is always something I learn from my mistakes. As long as I move forward, I am happy with the progress I make. I’m sure that this new camera – a gift from my hubby- and this new planner will be of a great help.
2. My son’s graduation
Just came back from my son’s college graduation ceremony and I have to admit that I still feel the thrill of the moment and the joy for my son’s success. He continues to amaze me with the way he lives his life his integrity, poise and determination. His success is my greatest reward.
3. The Danish Girl
It’s the tragic, complicated story of Einar Wegener who felt he was two people in the same body fighting for supremacy. I don’t want to ruin this movie for you, so I won’t be saying much more. It truly was a gift to watch this movie because of the things I’ve learned about the beginning of the sex reassignment surgery during the early part of the 20th century, and the inner struggles of Lili and Gerda as a couple. Besides, Eddie Redmayne performance as Lili Elbe was, once again, stunning.
4. Being Mortal by Atul Gawande
This book is a reflection on how we can live our lives better and deal with aging, serious illness and frailty. Even though the book is about dying and the limits of medicine, it is not at all depressing. It is a deeply moving, essential insight on living to the last with dignity, meaning and autonomy. Atul Gawande, a surgeon and a fine observer of his father decline, calls for a change in the healthcare system. It is not just medicine that we need in our declining years. He advocates for enabling well-being rather than just health and survival at any price. And even though he doesn’t offer any perfect solution to the problems of the declining years, he at least calls for more options and better choices with the goal of a better, more purposeful life.
“This is a modern tragedy, replayed millions of times over. When there is no way of knowing exactly how long our skein will run- and when we imagine ourselves to have much more time than we do– our every impulse is to fight, to die with chemo in our veins or a tube in our throats or fresh sutures in our flesh. The fact that we might be shortening or worsening the time we have left hardly seem to register. We imagine that we can wait until the doctors tell us that there is nothing more they can do. But rarely is there nothing more that doctors can do.”
5. My hubby’s birthday
Now, on a happier note, I celebrated my hubby’s birthday birthday in April, and even though it wasn’t a huge party that lasted three days, as we usually do, this year was a quiet, intimate celebration with flowers, champagne and lots of love.
Well, these are some highlights of the month that just ended. I feel that April was a great month for me, with sunny days, celebrations and why not, some learning and growing.
Look back at the month of April. Was it a good month for you? Did you accomplish your goals? What made you happy in April? What will you remember?