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