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Prompted By Resolutions

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I’ve never been big on making resolutions because I know I will never keep them. But this prompt asks me to ponder the topic. Thus, in 2022, I resolve to …

  • Stay sane
    Be healthy
    Keep my anxiety under control
    Stop making “suggestions” to my middle-aged kids
    See friends and family in person when it’s safe
    Read more good books
    Write more
    Eat less
    Finish my annual year in review photo book for 2021
    Stay connected with old friends
    Go to some of my grandkids’ events — in person
    Watch my granddaughter graduate from high school — in person
    Practice gratitude

RetroFlash/100 words

*Following the Shutkin rule regarding RetroFlashes, I must add that I Will Survive, despite its lyrics about men walking out the door, was my go-to girlfriend dance. We performed it many times at work in a totally different context. So, for all of my dear friends out there:

Oh no, not I, I will survive
Oh, as long as I know how to love, I know I’ll stay alive
I’ve got all my life to live
And I’ve got all my love to give and I’ll survive
I will survive, hey, hey


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Boomer. Educator. Advocate. Eclectic topics: grandkids, special needs, values, aging, loss, & whatever. Author: Terribly Strange and Wonderfully Real.

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  1. Betsy Pfau says:

    You WILL survive, Laurie, with grace and determination, like you do everything else in your life. This pandemic has taken a lot out of all of us, but I know you will continue to enjoy your family in every way possible. Here’s to a better 2022!

  2. The perfect sentiment in light of our current challenge, Laurie. This year my go-to NYE text message was “We made it!”

    Happy New Year to you and yours!

  3. Khati Hendry says:

    As someone who is prone to making no resolutions, maybe I will just adopt yours! They sound pretty good. And I love the song too. Here’s to going forward.

  4. Marian says:

    Great resolutions for a crazy time, Laurie. All of we “girls” sang that song with many different meanings. Happy New Year and we will emerge better in 2022.

  5. Dave Ventre says:

    I always liked that song. Your list is a good one

  6. Suzy says:

    Great song choice, Laurie! I actually wrote a story with that title in 2017, which is why the url on yours is i-will-survive-2. I wondered if they would both come up if I did a search, and they do, along with another story you wrote called You Will Survive. In the current pandemic era, survival is our top priority!

  7. John Shutkin says:

    A great list of resolutions, Laurie. They line up very closely with ones my wife and/or I made for 2022 — if we were to make resolutions, of course.

    And, as the eponymous founder of the Shutkin rule, I hereby approve of your invocation of it here. And thanks for the earworm. I will be dancing under the disco ball humming it all day long.

    • Laurie Levy says:

      I hate most disco, but that song can still coax me to the dance floor (or at least it used to when we could actually attend things like in-person weddings). I know resolutions are just aspirations, but I’m going to put a bit of extra effort into some of them.

  8. A wonderful list of survival resolutions!

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