A year of positive change and celebration


By Rachel Hale



Happy Happy Happy New Year! Welcome 2022!

I am excited for what this new year has in store for all of us, if we adopt an outlook of change and celebration.

Change is hard for most people, myself included. I find that as I get older I like things to be a certain way, I like to make plans and know what to expect. When those plans get way laid by something unexpected, I struggle to “roll with it”. My husband chuckles at me when I come into the room and re-arrange the way the remote controls are lined up on the end table. Why does it bug me so much? I am not 100% sure, but I just know that they don’t look right. This year I am going to strive to not be so straight laced and picky about things. I am going to try to embrace change more freely and not “sweat the small stuff”.

Celebration is something I believe everyone enjoys. Whether it’s a holiday, birthday, special event or anniversary, the chance to celebrate and be happy is met with anticipation and joy. Social gatherings around these events give us an opportunity to catch up with family and friends. I know that social media is everywhere and most keep in touch that way, but I think in person celebrations are the best! It gets us out of our normal routine and there is just nothing better than a big bear hug from your loved one! Keeping in mind to be safe in terms of COVID. I wouldn’t want anyone to put their health at risk.

This year I will be celebrating the birth of my first grandchild! My Pastor told me once that: “there is no greater joy than holding your grandchild” and I certainly can’t wait to experience that!

Anniversaries are really something special to celebrate. I marvel at those couples that have put in the hard work to keep their marriage strong. Reading the announcements in the newspaper of those that are celebrating 40, 50 and 60 years or more give me goosebumps.

There is one anniversary that I am especially looking forward to and that is the Senior Center’s. 2022 will mark 25 years for the Center and we have a year full of celebration planned. The Senior Center opened its doors in September of 1997 and has been growing each year. It took a lot of work by many people and the planning actually started in 1995. We will be sharing about our history periodically each month on our Facebook page and in our bi-monthly newsletter.

I invite you to like and follow our Facebook page to see all that we have to offer those aged 50 or better. We will be having many open to the public events for you to come and check us out, or better yet, stop down for a tour.

I hope your 2022 will be blessed and that you find ways all year to celebrate. Whether it is a special event or just a beautiful day outside.

Until I see you at the Center,

Have a Blessed Day!

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By Rachel Hale

The writer is the executive director of the Senior Center of Sidney and Shelby County.

The writer is the executive director of the Senior Center of Sidney and Shelby County.