Ana Veciana-Suarez: Reclaiming My Time: 2018 Is The Year Of Me

By Ana Veciana-Suarez
Tribune News Service

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Columnist Ana Veciana-Suarez shares her resolution for 2018 which focuses on putting herself first! She says, “I’m starting small. I’m practicing saying no and the sound of it, no, no, no, has become a lovely background melody. All those “should” commitments and all those must-do-because-what-will-people-say events have been eliminated from the calendar too. I’m working hard on recovering ownership of my time. Perhaps that’s not a big deal for others, but it’s a mental victory for me.”

Tribune News Service

Something about the new year, the turn of the calendar page, perhaps, or the numbering change on dates, promises both a closure and an opening.

For most of us, January is the month of empowerment and commitment, decrees and determination. That’s why I decided to follow in the long and hallowed tradition of resolution-making, and on the first day of the first month of 2018 I made a bold promise to myself.

This is the year of me. This is the year of me and my most passionate interests, which are my grandchildren and my writing, in that order.

Sound selfish? Sure, and proud of it. It’s about time I start putting me, myself and I in the top spot. As with women everywhere, there’s always something or someone getting in the way of what we should be doing for ourselves.

Perhaps we’ve been socialized this way: to accept the back of the line, to defer to others’ needs before our own, to perfect the role of Ms. Nice.

No more. This is the year of me.

To make the resolution official I started informing my family about my 2018 intentions, adding three subheads to the Year of Me.

No. 1: I’m ejecting toxic people from my life. And when that proves impossible, I’m restricting my exposure to them. Negativity is too time-consuming and soul-scorching to spend time with those who add little to my life.

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