I’m not a fan of New Year’s resolutions; I think my coach has the right idea (Resolutions … Bah Hum Bug!). However, I occasionally take the approach of starting the new year as I mean to go on, not in all aspects (the day is not long enough), but in one or two. I’m not fanatic or consistent about it – some years, I’m just not inspired – and it has led to doing things like biking on a New Year’s Day so cold, I had ice in my water bottle before I finished the ride.
Today being a beautiful sunny day, I was prompted to do a few of the things I’d like to keep doing throughout the year—get outside and in motion, explore ‘my’ city, and take photographs. I accomplished all three by completing a Wherigo geocache, which involves starting at a specific location, answering a question relating to that location, and having the next location be revealed if the answer is correct.
The geocache took me to Piazza San Lorenzo, Piazza del Duomo, Piazza di Santa Maria Novella, Piazza della Repubblica, Piazza della Signoria, and Piazzale Michelangelo and it was wonderful! I learned things about each piazza I hadn’t known, noticed statues to which I’d been oblivious, and focused on details I didn’t know were there. I enjoyed walking the streets of Florence (along with several thousand other people—Florence is apparently a popular holiday tourist destination) and taking photos along the way.
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After all that walking, I restored the tissues with a cioccolata calda while waiting for my bus. If this was part of starting as I mean to go on, perhaps it’s about enjoying life’s sweetness when it presents itself.
Images © Melissa Corcoran.