Today is the 12th January, so it’s probably a bit late to write about new year resolutions, but better late than never I say.
Incidentally, David Bowie passed away yesterday, which has also got me looking back and reassessing things, sad day, he was a true original and there’s not many of them around anymore, believe me.
Looking back at 2015, it was generally, a good year I think. We had a great get-together for Clare and Alex’s 71st birthday party, I finally finished the first draft of my feature film screenplay, we made a few films, had a lovely holiday with Clare in Malta, Alex graduated from University and we’re all well, so we end the year in a stronger position than we started it.
There was also some tough times for all of us, but nothing, compared to the struggles some people are facing, so I mustn’t complain.
Even though I’m only 25 years old on the inside, I’m told that my body is much older – 46 in fact. The technical term is ‘middle-aged’ which sounds about as beige and boring as you can get. Few things with the word ‘middle’ in them ever come across as sexy I’ve found – with the possible exception of ‘middle-earth’.
Without wanting to sound too depressing, I’m much more aware of the ticking clock. I still have goals and dreams, things I want to achieve and experiences I want to, well… experience. Now in the old days these would have been things like hang-gliding or climbing Kilimanjaro but as great as those things are, they are fleeting distractions from the norm. Brief high points that poke out through the clouds into the sunshine above. What I’d like to do now is improve the situation down here in the gloomy everyday life that I spend most of my time.
Everyone can write up a bucket list of fantastic experiences, few people though, can write down how to fundamentally become happier and more content with their lives. I’m confident it can be done I’ve just got to work out how – it can’t be too hard, can it?
So 2016 will be more focussed on the priorities, family, friends, health and wellbeing. I want to express myself more, get out more, explore more and learn more. I want to devote more time to the important people in my life and have more fun. But most importantly I want feel I’m working towards something of value.
So Happy New Year to you and anyone who knows me. Stay in touch, and let’s meet up for a coffee or a beer, but not someday, this week, or this month, let’s organise it and make it happen – that’s my philosophy for 2016.
Organise it and make it happen.
Will it work? I don’t know, I sincerely hope so. I’ll keep you updated.