So Long, 2011-- You Were A Good Year

Judy Myers Karen Putz and Keith St. Onge

When I close my eyes and think back to the beginning of 2011, it seems so long ago. Yet, the whole year whipped by in a flash.  My mother-in-law is always fond of reminding me that life spins faster and faster as the number of birthday candles pile up on the cake. I’m only in my mid-forties– if it spins any faster, it’s going to knock the candles off the cake.

This was a good year, no wait, make that a great year.  Last year, I unwrapped a passion that was buried long ago– a talent for walking on water.  The technical term is barefoot water skiing.  Back when I was nineteen, I tripped on water, crashed, and went from hard of hearing to deaf.  A couple months after my 44th birthday, the hubby sent me a Today Show segment featuring 66-year-old Judy Myers water skiing on her bare feet.  Judy became a close friend and now we barefoot together.  She introduced me to Keith St. Onge, the two-time World Barefoot Champion, and we ended up writing a book together to be published in 2012.  Our story ended up in Ability magazine, espnW, MORE magazine and Chicken Soup for the Soul Find Your Happiness book.

This year was also a journey on the rough side.  My father began a rapid decline at the beginning of the year when the cancer decided to migrate. I had read articles about the “sandwich generation,” but that term became a personal experience when I tried to juggle it all from two different states.  Three teenagers and a demanding sales manager job in one state, precious time with my dad in another.  In the last month of his life, I began to increasingly take over his care until suddenly, I was the one administering the morphine and the feedings.  Everything else fell to the wayside, especially my job.  Three weeks after my dad passed away, my employer let me go– it was a mutual agreement. I couldn’t find the passion to continue in full-time sales. It turned into a blessing, as I was able to focus on barefooting and writing.  Later, they hired me back on a contract basis.  Yes, things have a way of working out.

I don’t have New Year’s resolutions to draw up because I have a vision list that I create and maintain on an ongoing basis.  We need more than “once a year” goals to keep us going.  We need daily reminders of how precious our time is, because as John Denver said, “The moment at hand is the only thing we really own.”  And isn’t it ironic that is birthday is today, the day we celebrate the dawn of a new year, a new journey?

Happy New Year!  May 2012 bring you an abundance of happiness.




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