For the first time in recent memory, I’m entering into a year without having a set plan in mind for how it’s going to go. The timeline for our year is very much up in the air right now, so I can’t confidently predict what we’ll experience in the next 12 months, but that doesn’t diminish my enthusiasm for it.
I know we’ll travel. We have a ski trip (our first!) planned for later this month, and I’m working out the details of a trip to Italy in February (nothing like planning at the last minute — I’m an expert). Benjamin has requested a return to Paris and Liam asks (daily) when we’re going to “rent a car and go to Germany” again. There are places near here that we have yet to see: Slovakia, Croatia, Prague, Graz and Linz. And I am pretty confident that regardless of what our year has in store, we will find ourselves back in the British Isles again in 2013. And, of course, in the US.
Liam will turn 3 in September, so he’ll start preschool this year (most likely) and Benjamin will be 5 (!) so he’ll start actual kindergarten. I think that will be really exciting for both of them, and it will also mean that I’ll have a little time each day on my own. I have no idea what that will be like (but I’m guessing I’ll enjoy it).
For myself, I want to make a point of getting involved in some kind of activity — riding, dancing . . . something. Stuff like that has been missing from my days for too long.
I guess what I need to take from all of the uncertainty about our immediate future is to be open, flexible, and make the most of what I have in front of me. I don’t know what 2013 has in store for me, but I’m quite certain it will be an adventure.