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Wednesday, May 25, 2022

In the Villages: Strive for a happy, healthy New Year

Villagers, make 2022 your best year yet.

Remember the 1980s hit song “I’m so Excited” by The Pointer Sisters?

With 2022 here, I’m very excited and I just can’t hide it! Actually, I have this joyful feeling with the arrival of each New Year. Why? Because I look at it as a new beginning; a time for a fresh start. 

Most likely, you experienced some disappointing moments in 2021. I know I did. Yes, I was diagnosed with cancer. But rather than dwell on that, I look to the future with great hope and expectations. I feel confident that 2022 is going to be an outstanding year. Why? I took the time to methodically plan out lifestyle changes—small changes that will lead to big results down the road and help me overcome this awful disease. 

Now that Christmas is over and every last crumb from all those holiday goodies are long gone, you have the opportunity to make similar changes. Perhaps you can lose weight, exercise regularly, or stop smoking. Whatever changes you desire, set goals, and map out a plan to achieve them. Try not to become derailed on your journey to better health. A positive, ‘can-do’ attitude will go a long way in helping you reach your goals. Think how these changes will enhance your life and make you a more confident, happier person. 

There is NO excuse why you cannot make healthy lifestyle changes. As residents of The Villages, you have an abundance of resources right at your fingertips. Why not look into joining The Village Canoe and Kayak Club or The Village Bicycle Club? Or why not join a dance class, yoga class, or martial arts class? Not only will you experience better health; you will also meet new friends. Socializing is an important aspect of maintaining good health. 

I wish everybody the best of luck in fulfilling all your 2022 goals. With that said, I feel it’s appropriate to end this column with an inspirational quote by Neil Gaiman, an English author.

“I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re doing something.” 

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