Lifestyle

Time flies by . . .

8th January 2017

Time Flies By

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

I hope everyone’s had a cracking NY, B & I decided we would head to the Kentish Coast for a couple of days and stay with our friends down in Margate – I bloody love that place, its so refreshing to be back by the sea and it’s easy to switch off and forget about reality back in London. Being a freelancer, I had to squeeze in a couple of days work between Christmas and the New Year, so we travelled down on the 30th and stayed right up until the 2nd; all we did was chill – just roaming around, poking in and out of vintage shops, cooking nice food and laying in until late morning every single day – bliss!

Now I know I’ve been off the radar, so to speak, over the last few weeks, but I’ve had a hell of a lot going on in my private life. Whilst I had intended to do all sorts of posts for Christmas, my head has just been in a different space and I’ve not been able to sit down and write since I arrived back from my trip to the far East – not to mention the general hysteria, and compulsory socialising of the festive period. In all, 2016 was a great year for me, I’ve finally found a job I love (it’s been 8 months and the honeymoon feeling still hasn’t worn off), I’ve managed to travel so much, I’ve met some amazing people and now I’m finally working a Monday to Friday week I’ve been able to spend a lot more ‘quality’ time with the people that matter most to me – excuse the gushy sentimentality. However, literally as the year began to come to an end my family and I have had our fair share of difficult news.

Although, things haven’t been particularly easy, what has impressed me most over the last couple of months is the resilience of those it’s affected most. I’ve seen people admirably picking themselves up, dusting themselves down and doing their best to face things head on and continue with life – and its this strength and determination to squeeze the most out of life that I would like to personally carry through to the new year. Time waits for no man (or woman) and I want to make sure that every day of 2017 is used to it’s fullest and used well!

I said 2016 was a great year for me and it honestly was, but I frequently felt that I was  also wishing time away and (I’m sure I’m not alone in this) counting down the last 10 days of each month until pay day. I guess I’ve just had a bit of a reality check, life truly does fly by. As a kid everything seemed to drag and I remember the last couple of years at school seemed to take twice as long as every other, but as I’ve gotten older, moved from college to uni, graduated and now have a full time job, the years seem to be slipping by as fast as anything. And every time I realise Christmas has come round again, I just feel anxious and discontent that I hadn’t made the most of it. Going into 2017 I’ve promised myself that I am going to make the most of every day; yes my funds aren’t limitless and there will be times when I’m absolutely broke because I’m saving for something big or I’ve spent too much money on clothes or going out, but I don’t just mean ‘making the most of things’ by spending money! I also mean making the most of the simpler things in life. For example, sitting in with B and watching shit telly – I can never switch off when I’m at home and I’m always part regretting not doing anything, when really I just need to embrace and enjoy those lazy times rather than stressing about what else I could be doing. I think I touched on this in my ‘Do what you need to do’ post, that when you do something, anything, you should do it with conviction, no matter how big or small (whether that’s a big project, a weekend away with friends or a night in sorting out the flat), don’t feel anxious about doing it or guilty because you should be doing something else, just enjoy – life’s to short to be stressing about everything or anything. If you want that beautiful green jacket from Reiss, weigh up the cost vs pleasure in buying it and make your decision with conviction, wear it, enjoy it and don’t look back – life is too short.

I think, in the grander scheme of things, you can never be too ambitious. For years now, my life long dream has been to Kayak down the Amazon, and I’ve also always wanted to live in a foreign city for a year and start from scratch, no friends, no family and no connections. Every time I watch an episode of Planet Earth thats set in a jungle all I can think about is how I would love to go there myself. It’s so easy to dream and think ‘I would love to do this’ – but why the hell not, if you want to do it, do it. Dreams will always remain dreams unless you go for it and make them a reality. You only get one life and I certainly don’t want to look back in 50 years time and wish I had done more – like I said life is far to short and time flies by – and 2K17 for me is going to be the year of doing, not getting swept up in the current of day to day life – Do what you want when you want to do it!

LIFE IS TO SHORT, if you want something go and get it, the odds are you will never look back and think I wish i hadn’t made that decision, you are more likely to look back and think I wish I had made that decision and taken that jump.

Ta for reading, A

Time Flies By - dayofrest.co.uk

 

 

 

You Might Also Like

8 Comments

  • Reply Andrew 8th January 2017 at 9:05 pm

    Love this… I spent the majority of 2016 worrying, I was told I had anxiety and I was being bullied by my boss… So on the 3rd of January, I quit my job. Yes, money’s going to be tight for a couple of months until I find something else, but I won’t starve, and I can’t believe how much happier I’ve been, how much more in control of my anxiety and I’ve also met a really nice guy, we’ve not even had a second date yet but my point is, I was feeling really anxious about how it will turn out but like you say… life is too short to stress about it, if it works out great, if not, it’s not meant to be.

    • Reply Aaron George D 9th January 2017 at 10:44 pm

      Congrats on quitting your job Andrew, and I’m sorry 2016 was full of worry – but sounds like you’ve kicked 2017 off to a positive start. And good luck with the new man. Ta for reading buddy

  • Reply J 11th January 2017 at 10:02 pm

    Lovely post Aaron – it brought a tear to my eye…no surprises there! Looking forward to many more Kent adventures this year xx

    • Reply Aaron George D 13th January 2017 at 10:23 pm

      Aww thank you :) Yes definitely, roll on the summer for days on the beach x x

  • Reply J D Kay 15th January 2017 at 3:07 pm

    Here’s to a better 2017. I’m very much the same, I started with my head in the clouds after graduating but shortly after didn’t hit the post University ground running due to a rather horrible last quarter. Love your blog, I look forward to reading more of your adventures.

    All the Best,

    Jordan.

    • Reply Aaron George D 13th February 2017 at 9:28 pm

      Hi Jordan, I know what its like on graduating, and its easy to feel like everythigns slipping away from you, but everything usually sorts itself out. Thanks man, appreciate it, A

  • Reply Zoel Hernández 15th January 2017 at 8:53 pm

    I feel like 2017 is going to be so much better and I am determined to achieve whatever I want. I am going to work hard and I am going to enjoy the process too. I loved this post because I’ve sort of felt the same and it has given some more energy to carry on and make the most of my time and my life. I wish you the best too x

    Zoel Hernández | zoelhernandez.com

    • Reply Aaron George D 13th February 2017 at 9:26 pm

      Thanks Zoel, its always important to make the most of life. I hope you have a cracking new year!

      Ta A

    Leave a Reply