Looking Back at 2021
“Writing is more than a vehicle for communicating ideas. It’s a tool for crystallizing ideas.
Writing exposes gaps in your knowledge and logic. It pushes you to articulate assumptions and consider counterarguments.
One of the best paths to sharper thinking is frequent writing.”
– Adam Grant.
And that folks, is why I write.
Instead of resolutions, I tend to go with lists of things I want to do more of and less of. And if there’s anything I want to do more of in 2022, it’s hiking and exploring. Above is a collage of our walks from this year. One for every one of the four seasons of New England.
I also want to read more, like a lot more. Our three year old is into books these days and reading out loud to him, watching him make sense of the letters have been a source of joy to me. Our favorite book is The Very Hungry Caterpillar of course. The Hedgehog Leaves Home by Ulf Stark and Ann-Cathrine Sigrid Stahlberg is a close second. My ten year old is reading Percy Jackson, The Adventures of Tintin, Middle School by James Patterson and re-reading the entire Harry Potter series but he told me his favorite book of this year is Cog by Greg van Eekhout.
Although I would like to add television to my list of do less of , it’s increasingly hard when we have shows like Succession. It’s dark, funny and brilliant. The satire is bone-dry. I strongly recommend it.
As I look back on the pictures on my phone, I can see that we started this year with a lot of snow days and entire mornings spent sledding with the kids. Then came the news of pools reopening followed by my favorite season, fall. Now we are wrapping up 2021 with books, puzzles, hot chocolate and gingerbread cookies.
As for travel, we kept it close to our home state, venturing out now and then for Legoland and a few historical excursions. Hopefully 2022 will have us traveling far and wide.
Happy New Year, readers!