It’s that time of the year again where I feel obliged to summarise the last twelve months, reflect on the events and come up with some sort of deep and meaningful philosophical insights that make my (wonderful, loyal) readers go “Ahh, yes…” and then tilt their heads to the side, looking thoughtfully towards the ceiling.
Well, suck it!, I’m not doing that this year, mostly because I can’t think of anything to say but also because 2015 has been a great year and for some reason it’s harder to think of philosophical insights when things are going well than when you do something idiotic, everything goes tits-up and you’re forced to wonder where it all went wrong. There’s lots to like about 2015. Even though the summer barely got above a pathetic 17 degrees (which, need I remind you, was resolutely matched by December) I spent loads of time outdoors and at the beach, exploring the South West and appreciating the beauty right on my doorstep. I enjoyed every season. I improved my photography and started to learn a new language. I went to Helsinki. I experimented with making videos and with graphic design. I got a better job. I challenged myself with trying new things and I took up new hobbies. I probably looked like an idiot a lot, particularly while trying out my new hobbies but, hey, who cares, life’s not all about standing around trying to look cool. If only it was OK to tell that to strangers standing around trying to look cool.
“Um, excuse me, life’s not all about standing around and looking cool, you know.”
Maybe we should all just stick our middle fingers up at them*.
Middle fingers aside I glide my way into 2016 feeling peaceful. Feeling motivated to make this year even better than the last. I hope you feel the same. I don’t make new year’s resolutions (apart from the one I made years ago when I resolved to never again make a new year’s resolution) so I don’t have any willpower-backed proposals for myself. This isn’t surprising. Honestly. I keep going on about it every year. How I never make new year’s resolutions? Ringing any bells? No? OK, we’ll move on.
Perhaps you’ve made some new year’s resolutions – to quit smoking, or to go running more, or to choose a more positive outlook, or to stop sticking your middle finger up at strangers for no reason. Whatever it is, good for you. Challenge yourself. Think differently. And most of all, happy new year!
*Or, if you prefer the British option, glaring at them while they’re not looking.