Happy New Year!

filtered sunlight coming in between trees and a block wall, shining on the grass and pavers just beyond the grass.

Throw back post to 2012 and Through a Bird’s Eye blog

I’m not one for New Year’s Resolutions. Somehow, that feels a little false to me. Most people start out the new year with all sorts of excitement and possibility and then mid-February things seem to fizzle, along with their enthusiasm. It also feels like an odd time to be busting out with freshness and change–spring seems more logical to me or the beginning of the school year. Those things say “fresh” and “new” to me, not the beginning of a calendar year. 

So, try as I might, I don’t really come up with my “word” for the new year or things that I want to change or accomplish when everyone else is talking and writing about those things. At some point I do those things, but more when they come to me and not because the Gregorian calendar or society demands it.

However, I do think it’s a good time to look at things differently or in a fresh way–reboot my thinking, because I can always use that! It also takes the pressure off of resolutions and whatnot, especially when people press me.

One year I took to barking, “I don’t make New Year’s Resolutions!” back at those who dared jump on the resolution nerve. It didn’t help my cause that I’d follow up with a soapbox speech about the falseness of it all, making me seem more of a curmudgeon than I am. 

So, how could I reboot or reframe?

Well, pause and reflect.

Yesterday Chia bought a little camera with some of his Christmas money and was just pleased as punch about it. He’s always using my camera or the one on my cell. I have to say that he has a pretty good eye (not indicated by the shots shared). However, there’s one funny shot from the back seat of my Mini (that is low and cramped and shared with the dog) that made me think: different perspective and persistence.

I also thought, “Oh, that’s what it looks like to him from back there!” 

This is what he saw:

and this:

 

 
He’s playing with the zoom and spent the entire coffee run trying to get a good pic of Buddy.
 
 
This is a pic of him at Monkey’s school music performance just before Christmas:
 

Tell me that kid didn’t need a camera of his own! 

It’s interesting how people take photos and what their focal points are.  Sometimes it’s just inexperience with the camera (as in my case) or it’s a really unique look into their view of their surroundings (and in some cases, height). 

At any rate, that’s my New Year’s bit.  It’s fun to watch Chia with the camera and the excitement that goes along with it. I get to look at our surroundings with fresh eyes.

Today, we will spend taking bird photos–per his request.

Best wishes for a New Year and all that newness and freshness. 

If your resolutions don’t work, then just reboot your perspective/thinking. Throw yourself a ticker tape parade and have yourself a little laugh.

Don’t take yourself too seriously.  Life’s too short for that.

 
Give me a shoutout! 🤠

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