This is the time of year when I usually write a personal, year in review type post, but I’m finding it hard to know where to start. Nazis making a comeback (seriously WTF?!), the environment in peril, Brexit, terrorism, Weinstein et. al., the Cheeto in Chief, dogs and cats living together, mass hysteria… you get the idea.
Even without all that toxic bullshit, 2017 has been a physical and emotional rollercoaster for me personally. It has been a year of the highest highs and lowest lows, weddings and funerals, triumphs and failures. As we get to the darkest, coldest part of the year, it’s taking all my energy not to just collapse into bed with a hot toddy and hibernate.
Before I disappear under my duvet for a bit, I do have three important things that kept me going this year that I’d like to share with you :
- A sense of urgency
That thing you always wanted to do? Go do it. Or at the very least, start actively looking for a practical way to make it possible. It’s a total cliché but some clichés exist for a good reason. Start planning your life like there’s no tomorrow, in case there isn’t one.
- Anger can be positive
Rage is generally seen as a very negative emotion, but when channelled into positive action, it is a great remedy for apathy and despair. Bastards grinding you down? Don’t give up, get mad as hell, so mad you aren’t going to take it any more – it will help with no. 1.
- Self care is not optional
This goes double for you if you are self-employed! It doesn’t have to be time consuming or expensive. A few hours off to spend with friends, 15 minutes of yoga in your front room before work, an early night when you’re feeling under the weather. It all counts.
Here’s to a (hopefully) peaceful Christmas and a better 2018. Cheers!