So…What? No End of the World?

Okay, I confess to clutching just a tiny bit Friday when I woke up, thinking that it was that day—the day the Mayans supposedly predicted the end of the world. However, this week, I’m at Son’s house, so I figured that if the world was going to end, at least we’d all be together for it. But, it was an ordinary day…well, extraordinary because we’re here with Son, DIL, and Grandboy,  but no apocalyptic storms or earthquakes or fire falling from the sky. Just a rainy day made sunny by Grandboy’s sweet smile and giggles.

I’m a usually not a person who worries about the fate of the world overmuch. I’ve always figured that the world will take care of itself while I concentrate on my little corner of it. I do what I’m supposed to do–I don’t veer off course all that often. I’m not sure if that makes me boring and predictable or comfortable and safe. I’m thinking that 2013 should be a time of being more bold for me—I know how to do it. I’ve done it before, but I’ve fallen back into the routine of working too much, allowing that to overwhelm me. It’s so easy to do. After all, they’re paying me and that makes all kinds of things possible, like a lake house and trips to see Grandboy.

But, I’m getting restless and that’s a sign that 2013 needs to be different. The best place for me to start is by working less and writing more. I have three novels ready for revisions, another on deck, percolating in the back of my mind, and a notebook full of ideas just waiting for me to release them. I’m looking forward to the new year, to writing more and working less. To moving my body more and getting more exercise so I go into my 60th year as strong and healthy as I can be.

I can’t wait to see our little guy continue to grow–he’ll be walking and talking in 2013—what do you suppose his first words will be. I’m hoping for “Hi, Nanny,” but I’m guessing it’ll be more like “Dada, Mama,” which is okay too. So many firsts are coming up for Son and DIL—there’s no way to tell them how exciting 2013 will be for them, so I’m going to let them be surprised.

The lake beckons, of course, as 2013 spring turns into summer. Boat rides, swimming, bonfires, golf cart rides, and best of all, beer-thirty with all our dear friends. I’ll be learning to use my walking sticks as soon as the weather is warm enough and we’ll be taking bike rides. More time for friends and my sisters means setting work aside and saying “yes” to lunch invites and movies in the afternoons.

I’m going to turn 60 in 2013, but I’m not going to give into that wicked fear that I’ll die of a heart attack like my mother did when she was 60. That’s silly. I’m not my mother. I’m stronger and healthier and more conscious of myself and my body. Nope, 2013 is going to be a year of fun, of joy, of laughter, and of love…a year for wondrous adventure! Talk to me, mes amies. Tell me what you’re looking forward to 2013?


  • Jim Cangany

    Fior me, what I’m looking forward to is easy. My debut novel is scheduled for release on June 15, 2013. Even though it’s over six months away, I get excited thinking about it. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year Nan. Reading RULE NUMBER ONE was a 2012 highlight for me!

    • Nan

      Merci, Liz! Counting myself among the friends you’re looking forward to spending time with, Liz–hope you’ll plan a couple of trips over to the lake this summer!

  • Skye

    You are wonderful, Nan! You are full of life and verve. I can’t wait to see what you do in 2013.

    In 2013, I will continue to do exercises, be healthier, and lose weight. I will revise my novel and try to make it something I can send out into the publishing universe. And I will probably make my decision about Houston vs. Seattle. I just need work and I will have work, somewhere, some kind. That’s is what I intend my 2013 to look like.

    • Nan

      Thank you, Skye–you’re so good for me! I’ll join you in the exercise/weight loss quest in 2013. I intend to be healthy and live to a ripe old age. I’m thinking great-grandchildren.

  • Robena Grant

    Yes, I suppose it is all about balance, isn’t it? Sometimes I think balance and other times juggling, balance of course is better. : )

    May 2013 be an interesting and fun filled adventure for both of us. Happy, happy, holidays!

    • Nan

      Thanks for coming by, Roben. Balance is the key, I think, but it’s hard to get there. Can’t wait for your books to come out–I’m dying to read them! Hugs to you, baby!