A New Year and New Beginnings
It’s been a tradition to make New Year’s resolutions since the dawn of recorded history. The purpose was to earn favor with the gods so the individual could prosper during the upcoming year. Over the course of millennia, people have hoped that with each new year, there would be new opportunities to prosper. Things haven’t changed that much. Even now, we all want to have a prosperous, happy, and healthy new year.
Easier said than done? Probably, but it is possible. With hard work and dedication to what you want to achieve, anything can be achieved.
I recently had a discussion with a one-hundred-year-old patient that had fallen and broken her hip. I asked her what she wanted for the next year. Did she have something specific she wanted to do? She laughed and grabbed my hand. With tears in her eyes she smiled and said that she wanted to learn to swim. She went on to explain how her mother had a fear of water and never allowed her to learn. Her answer caught me off guard. I would never have expected that to be what she wanted most out of the next year.
She went on to explain how once she became an adult, she’d never found the time to learn to swim. She’d been too busy and wrapped up in her husband, children, and career that there’d never been the right opportunity. Her desire to learn to swim had turned into that one New Year’s Resolution that she’d always made, but never achieved.
It just so happened that there was a pool at the facility where she was staying to receive rehab. After a few phone calls, and a discussion with her family and doctor, plans were made for her to enter into the pool. When the day came where she was strong enough and healed enough to get into the water, I made sure I came in on my day off to witness the therapy session.
As the mechanical-lift lowered her into the water, her face lit up with the joy of knowing that after nearly one hundred years, she was going to finally learn to swim. Needless to say, there wasn’t a dry eye in the room.
The lesson I learned from this courageous and strong woman was that it’s never too late to achieve your goals. It’s never too late to make New Year’s resolutions and have new beginnings.
At Arbor Therapy, we understand this, and we’re here to help. If there is an occupational, speech, or physical therapy need that we can address, don’t hesitate to contact us. We would like to wish everyone in the community a Happy Holidays. May your new year be filled with new beginnings.