See You Next Year!

This will date me a bit, but I loved watching Captain Kangaroo as a young child. Books and cartoons were shared. Lovable characters like the Dancing Bear, Grandfather Clock and Mr. Green Jeans would interact with The Captain throughout the show. It was a time for giggles, imagination and fun, even if it was in black & white!

I remember distinctly on one show Captain Kangaroo said, “See you next year!” The adult knowledge we all share tells us this show was aired on December 31. But to a young child, of probably 4 years of age, “next year” was very far into the future. I cried for hours. I couldn’t believe that I would have to wait so long to see The Captain and all his friends! My mother tried to console me. I know she tried her best to explain the concept of a new year beginning the very next day. But, it was very hard for me to understand that “next year” meant “tomorrow.”

Well, next year is tomorrow. As 2010 ends I say good-bye to many wonderful memories and a few hardships. I’m thankful for the support of so many wonderful friends through both the good and the not so good times. I look forward to a new year knowing that each day will be an opportunity to LEARN and GROW!

For many years, I’ve joined the crowd in making resolutions. Losing some weight and getting in better shape would top my list. And year after year I would make progress towards those goals in the first few weeks and then they would fall along the wayside. They’d keep coming to the surface throughout the year, but were sometimes short-lived.

While those and many other intentions are worthy and will be not forgotten, I plan to look at them differently. I found this video sums up much of what I’ve been thinking for my year ahead. It was shared by Lisa Dabbs (aka @teachingwthsoul) on her blog.

“Your time is now. To be fearlessly resilient. To rebound with purpose and power. To lead with intention. To discover what you want – and Go Get It.” ~Katherine Center

Each one of us has dreams to accomplish both personally and professionally in 2011. Together we can accomplish so much. Along the way, let’s help each other smile and stay focused. Let’s continue the spirit of global sharing and collaboration so that new perspectives will guide us to deeper understandings of the world around us.

Let’s all go out and discover what we want … and GO GET IT!

“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

See you next year!

Photo credit (Captain Kangaroo): cc licensed flickr photo by Roadsidepictures: http://flickr.com/photos/roadsidepictures/3976449886/
Photo credit (2011): cc licensed flickr photo by [ Mooi ]: http://flickr.com/photos/mooitw/5273859719/


  • Aviva (@grade1) 31 Dec

    Another great post! Looking forward to learning with you next year too!

    Happy New Year!

    • Kathy Perret 31 Dec

      Wow – was about to step away from the computer … and two comments already. Aviva, you’re a peach! I love hearing from you. 2011 is going to be a great year!

  • seburnt 31 Dec

    Happy New Year, Kathy! 🙂

    • Kathy Perret 31 Dec

      Happy New Year to you as well, Tyson! Looking forward to a wonderful year of learning in 2011! Thanks for always contributing to my thinking! 🙂


  • Joan Young 31 Dec

    Love that video! And I love the positivity I hear from you about the upcoming year. Even though we face new and different challenges each year, life grows easier as we have a focus on what we want and who we want to be.
    Happy New Year Kathy! I am so happy to know you 🙂

    • Kathy Perret 31 Dec

      Thanks, Joan. I must stay focused and positive on the year ahead. I know what I want to be “when I grow up.” It will find me soon. I have faith! 🙂

      Let’s continue to keep each other focused on #temt, too. A healthy lifestyle complete with exercise is one of the best ways to stay positive. I know I’m going to love my new treadmill this winter! It WILL become my friend! 🙂


  • pharesr 1 Jan

    I Loved Captain Kangaroo. I remember Mr. Moose and his ping pong balls.
    Thanks for sharing your thoughts on 2011. I also am changing the way I look at “resolutions.” In my younger days I would have a list, now I just have thoughts. I want to be happy in 2011. I want to have fun and enjoy every bit of life that I can.
    Let’s have a great 2011, but watch out for those ping pong balls.

  • JoAnnJ68 1 Jan

    I loved the Captain & remember starting my day with him. Saturday & Sunday couldn’t ccompare to Monday through Friday. Captain Kangaroo & all of his friends were always postive & teaching us to see beyond what we might currently be feeling. It’s a message that shouldn’t be forgotten & Kathy I’m so glad you’ve reminded us of the need to be positive. Thanks for your writing, I love reading your blog. You have a real talent & I feel as if I know you even though we’ve never met.
    Happy New Year!

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