Columnist Ann Rickard talks about how the new year should be an exciting time for us seniors. Just the fact we have got through another year and are still here is reason to celebrate.
Columnist Ann Rickard talks about how the new year should be an exciting time for us seniors. Just the fact we have got through another year and are still here is reason to celebrate. CONTRIBUTED

OPINION: Optimistic about turning diary's page to 2017

SO CHRISTMAS is done and dusted for another year and we face a new 12 months.

This should be an exciting time for us seniors. Just the fact we have got through another year and are still here to approach a new one is reason to celebrate.

My 98-year-old mother tells me she feels this way each morning.

"I keep on waking up," she says with an air of puzzlement which at that grand age is cause for a star-jump of celebration the moment she is out of bed. (I thought I'd give you that visual to make you feel better about your aching knees.)

I always feel optimistic in January. There is something about turning over the page of a calendar that says December 31, to the next page announcing January 1, that gives a surge of optimism. Or is that just me being old and foolish?

A new diary gives me a similar feeling of positivity. I am still of the old ilk where I like a hard copy diary. Although I consider myself reasonably tech savvy I still do not trust an electronic diary (that and the fact that I haven't worked out how to create one yet.)

Every January 1 I open my new hard diary and look at its pristine pages, its blank canvas, its absolute pureness, and I feel motivated. In the past - in those heady days when corporate people gave gifts to show their appreciation for workers - I used to receive a leather-bound diary every Christmas.

As well as all those untouched pages waiting for me to write in entries of important meetings and social engagements, there were the pages of global information in the front. Information that gave flight to my fantasies.

Just by the opening of a diary I could discern when the tide went out in Wales; find out the time in Paris or Lisbon; make a phone call to Romania and pore over the train timetable in Iceland... all useless but thrilling information to me.

You can see how easily I am pleased. Give me a new diary, a new year, and I feel all is good in the world.

I hope you share these optimistic feelings because as seniors we need all the motivation we can get.

- ann.rickard@apn.com.au


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