I have always been a person who needs a plan. Many times in my life, my plans do not work out like I thought they would, so I just call it life and keep going.
Then I make a new plan and hope for the best.
I've been thinking of some of the things I want to do for the coming year. A brand new year needs new plans with new places to see.
As I have said before, I am also a list person. I make lists almost every day listing things to be done. Some days I complete my list, and some days I have carry-overs.
I have three different sizes of day planners with my activities and appointments listed. I have one pocket-sized calendar for my purse, a large calendar size one for my desk, and one 8x10 book to keep in the car.
The older I get, the more important my lists become, because I don't remember as well as I once did. I am by no means perfect, but I do try to keep appointments on time when I make them. If I tell someone I will do something or be somewhere at a certain time, I will do my best to keep my word. It always makes me feel really bad when I forget an appointment. It hasn't happened very often, because I really work at writing things down.
I get amused at myself and my notes at times. I have to be careful because I may write down, "school library 2 p.m. Wednesday." When I write it, I know exactly where I am going and why. In a day or two when I look at my calendar, I have to ask myself, which school library? Thank goodness it doesn't happen often, so I think I am okay for now.
The holidays are over and we have to get back to a normal, daily routine. As much as I enjoy the holidays, there is something to be said for a Monday being a Monday and knowing when Friday arrives.
I have lived long enough to know even with plans things don't always work out. Lists are just written down suggestions. We have had to postpone, change and even cancel a few plans because of illness or other conflicts. We have had to return home early without a windshield because of hitting a deer in Tennessee. We have arrived at our destination to discover the reservations we thought we had we did not. The managers were very nice and helped us make other arrangements at a nearby resort so the trip was not in vain. Of course that was before the computer age. Today when we make our reservations, we receive confirmation information to print and we know we are booked. Or at least we can be 99 percent sure we are okay.
Most of the time reservations can be changed without much trouble. I try to stay away from "non-refundable" tickets and dates because one never knows about tomorrow.
I have never been a spontaneous type person, so it is my nature to make long-term plans. Next year I hope to visit my grandchildren in Virginia in the spring, go to Georgia for a great-niece's high school graduation in May, Florida in June for a family vacation, and a "mini-vacation" with friends to the Natchez trail in August or September. Okay, those are my tentative plans for 2012. It may happen or not happen, but at least I have plans. If life gets in the way of my plans, I can handle it and move on.
Again, I wish everyone a great 2012. May all of our plans come around.