January 1st, 2020

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

I would like to wish each and every one of my LiveJournal and WordPress friends, and all my friends in other media who might be reading this, a safe, healthy, and Happy New Year. May the Goddess bless you with health, prosperity, safety, and good cheer for the coming year.

And may 2020 be a heck of a better year than 2019.

Happy New Year, one and all! :)

A Thought for the New Year

January 1st, 2020. A new year. The start of a new decade. Also a time for contemplation, a time for New Year's resolutions and thoughts, and a time when we discard the destructive, old habits for healthy, new ones. Supposedly. Back when, a good friend of mine, Janet Wilson, suggested that I journal today the New Year's resolutions that she makes every year, based on her time in Alcoholics Anonymous. She got this list from the column that Dear Abby wrote way back when. So here's some thoughts for folks to think about as we get ready to head into a New Year...

Just for today: I will live through this day only. I will not brood about yesterday or obsess about tomorrow. I will not set far-reaching goals or try to overcome all of my problems at once.

Just for today: I will be happy. I will not dwell on thoughts that depress me. If my mind fills with clouds, I will chase them away and fill it with sunshine.

Just for today: I will accept what is. I will face reality. I will correct those things that I can correct, and accept those I cannot.

Just for today: I will improve my mind. I will read something that requires effort, thought, and concentration. I will not be a mental loafer.

Just for today: I will make a conscious effort to be agreeable. I will be kind and courteous to those who cross my path, and I'll not speak ill of others. I will improve my appearance, speak softly, and not interrupt when someone else is talking.

Just for today: I will refrain from improving anybody but myself.

Just for today: I will do something positive to improve my health. If I'm a smoker, I'll quit. If I am overweight, I will eat healthfully - if only just for today. And not only that, I will get off the couch and take a brisk walk, even if it's only around the block.

Just for today: I will gather the courage to do what is right and take responsibility for my own actions.

The Year That Was

A new year. A time for reflection. A time for memories.

Up until a few years ago, I always did a Year in Review entry about things in a lot of detail. Five years ago, I changed it up and didn't do that, only something along the lines of a year's perspective. I've come to realise that the year is done. Life has wound its course for 2019, and there's no point dwelling on it too much. That's not to say that I won't remember 2019. I am, I do, and I will. But I can't live in the past, though I can certainly learn from what happened last year. At least I hope so.

For me personally, the year was epitomized for the most part by the situation on the world stage, thus the mess in Canadian politics that resulted in Justin Trudeau's Liberal government going from a solid majority to an iffy minority leadership; the mess in U.S. politics and the continuing decline in the political situation in the United States (aka Donald Trump, President); the way Canada-U.S. relations continued to go downhill, though it had its up moments, and how Canada and China went to hell in a handbasket; the situation in Britain with Brexit and politics over there; the extent to which terrorism ruled the headlines; the way in which Mother Earth fought back against what we've done to the planet and climate change, and how environmentalism/climate change became key issues for people around the world because of one young girl's bringing the matter into the spotlight; and the various deaths in both the entertainment, music and science industries, notably of individuals my own age or younger.

While my health was relatively stable at the beginning of 2019, it has declined over the course of the year, even though my blood sugar is better controlled. There have been various health issues that arose for me this past year, stuff that I (and the doctors) haven't been able to get a handle on, culminating in some serious stuff the last two months of 2019. The issue of pain in my left shoulder, has now been eclipsed by abdominal and back pain, as well as some internal stuff that has me worried. Definitely going to have to deal with things this year, but for now one day at a time. As they say, we'll see what we shall see.

Gaming-wise, 2019 was a year that was somewhat mixed in my feelings about it. I did run (only) five (5) game systems over the course of the year, the most fun coming at the end of the year with Mermaid Adventures, which was fun; I really needed that light, humourous gaming, to be honest, as November was a miserable month health-wise. That said, I also enjoyed running the John Carter of Mars Roleplaying Game as well, but that suffered from a lack of flow due to various breaks and a bad experience with a new player (who left the group pretty quickly after joining us). Capharnaüm - The Tales of the Dragon-Marked was also pretty enjoyable during the first third of 2019, and I'm looking forward to getting back to that game in 2020 as well. Aside from the new Zorro: The Roleplaying Game (which has been delayed a bit, for understandable reasons), I'm looking forward to getting back to the Third Horizon and the Coriolis - The Third Horizon RPG in 2020 as well.

And now, there's also CanGames 2020 to think about...

I can't honestly say there were a lot of 2019 highlights and lowlights that I'll look back on with any real fondness or annoyance, but there were a few of both during the course of the year. I like to think that I'm a bit of a better person for what happened in 2019, but there's (a lot of) room for improvement, and I hope to be a better person yet again in 2020.

That's really all I have to say about 2019.

Now? It's time to look forward. And all the good/great stuff that's going to happen this year.