10. To keep our minds active and potentially learn more foreign languages to assist on our travels
13. To see friends more often, making up for years of neglect and as they retire too, we shall maybe even become "ladies who lunch"
14. To make time for writing, especially my blogs
15. To have occasions when we shall simply revel in doing nothing at all or enjoying the very simple pleasures of life, like watching the birds on the garden feeders or admiring the flowers in the borders
In 2017 my New Year's Resolutions were:
1. Make someone smile every day
2. Ensure I have a good daily laugh too
3. Stand up for what I believe in and endeavour to engage others to fight the cause
4. Use less, live simply and shop locally wherever possible
5. Think globally and be aware of the impact of my footprints on the planet and the suffering of all those in war zones or denied the liberties that I enjoy, doing what I can to raise awareness and improve outcomes.
Perhaps retirement is making me lazy or I'm getting to enjoy the life I am carving out, but in 2018 I determined to continue with those resolutions and also set myself 3 challenges for my big birthday year:
1. Read 60 books
2. Go swimming 60 times
3. Visit 60 unfamiliar places
The satisfaction that I derived from my challenges in 2018, made me set another for myself in 2019, namely to visit 52 art exhibitions equal to one for every week of the year.