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Today I Love 2017

snowshoes & coffee
Goodbye, 2017, I’m shoeing you out the door …

Today I love 2017 and all the wonderful adventures it has brought me. I love all the books I’ve read this year. I love all the places I’ve been this year. I love all the things I’ve done this year, both the ones I’ve done before and the ones I did for the first time. I love that 2017 had so many opportunities for me to travel and wander, to discover things both close to home and far away. I love that this year I got to experience new foods and cultures and activities. I love that I was able to continue doing so many of the things I love, writing, making music, being on and in the water, finding my way around and through and into the heart of my own life. I love that this year blessed me with new friends. I love that those whose passing affected me this year were valuable pieces of my life, and that missing them reminds me of how good my life is, how much richer I am because they were here.

Today I love plans to go out snowshoeing on this last day of the year. I love that I will likely be the only one with real wooden snowshoes, and that that seems somehow fitting, given my age and the age of my shoes. I love that there are grocery shopping plans and plans to make our way to the chalet to ring in the new year from that secluded spot of peace and contentment. I love that I’m pretty sure there will be a huge cumulative, cooperative Scrabble game tonight and that we’re gunning for a better score than that one thousand and whatever score we managed last week. I love that there is always potential to do better in life, but this year of 2017 saw lots of records set for me to break in the new year. I love that I’m up for that challenge.

Today I love homemade bread, toasted and buttered and covered with real jam. I love traditional things and I love new and exciting things. I love the contradiction of learning how to participate in older cultures that are new to me. I love the juxtaposition of me taking part in cultures that are outside the realm of my own particular genetic soup. I love the paradox of respectful cultural participation.

Today I love sipping hot coffee and contemplating vintage snowshoes and how they represent, in their own way, respectful cultural participation.

Today I Love 2017

Kelly Babcock

I was born in the city of Toronto in 1959, but moved when I was in my fourth year of life. I was raised and educated in a rural setting, growing up in a manner I like to refer to as free range. I live in an area where my family history stretches back 6 or more generations. I was diagnosed with ADHD at the age of 50 and have been both struggling with the new reality and using my discoveries to make my life better. I write two blogs here at Psych Central, one about having ADHD and one that is a daily positive affirmation that acts as an example of finding the good in as much of my life as I possibly can.

Find out more about me on my website: writeofway.

email me at ADHD Man

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APA Reference
Babcock, K. (2017). Today I Love 2017. Psych Central. Retrieved on October 19, 2018, from


Last updated: 31 Dec 2017
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 31 Dec 2017
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