Here I am looking back at 2015, starring down 2016 and wondering exactly what this next year has in store for me. 2015 certainly didn’t go as I had hoped it would, but in the end, it’s been an amazing year in spite of battling breast cancer, and several family deaths that brought some intense emotional battles to my family.
While my hope hasn’t faded, my outlook probably has changed a good bit. A cancer diagnosis can do that to you. It can rob you of faith and hope if you let it. For me, I’ve struggled with the emotions I have wrapped up in the pain and suffering that comes with a war against cancer. Add to it the unexpected deaths of people that you care for and count on, and you start to wonder what exactly are you doing and where are you headed?
While I am cancer free now, I’m still waiting as patiently as possible for the FAA to clear me to start flight training again. It’s been 17 weeks into the 6-8 week minimum they said it would take to get an answer, maybe I’ll hear by spring.
In the meantime, I joined a gym to get my strength, endurance and flexibility back so that I would be in top shape for flying again. I never realized how strenuous flying could be until I was flying in an un-airconditioned plane in the middle of summer, sweating my butt off practicing landings. After having my chest cut open from armpit to armpit, I figured Yoga and strength training would help me get back in shape again. Now I’m ready, I just need to get cleared.
So, 2016 goals look like this…find a new flight instructor (my old one went full time active duty in the Guard), start studying again so I remember all that flying knowledge that I put in my head more than a year ago, finish my pilot’s license, write about flying again, take better pictures of planes when not in the air flying, and possibly start selling those pictures.
My goals seem pretty simple this year, but for me; if I accomplish them, it will be the greatest year yet because of the hurdles I’ve had to go through to achieve them. I’ve learned that goal setting isn’t so much about accomplishing them all, it’s about the process of working everyday in some way towards the success and completion of them.
While I still believe in the power of hope, I don’t believe there is much we can do about what happens in life around us. We can make adjustments, change our choices, our determination and our persistence, but in the end we move forward based on our desire to accomplish whatever it is we determine to do regardless of the situation. At my age, I still find it important to set goals and have accomplishments. It’s what drives me, gives me purpose and helps me get out of bed each day. The desire to be more and do more is as important as ever for me. I don’t want to sit by quietly on the sidelines and let life pass me by. I want to jump in, feet first and embrace every single day as if it might be my last.
I hope this New Year brings you all that you need to accomplish your goals and helps you believe in possibilities.