Blimey, what a year, it certainly had its up and downs, some really dark down periods but also some really good highs.
Let’s start with work shite.
It’s been great to see so many achieve what they set out to this year, but also to see those that haven’t quite reached their goals, achieve so much more and do so much more than they thought they could.
Already they are setting up plans for the new year, targets to aim for, things to achieve.
I’ve loved being a part of that and helping people do it.
I’ve become a Strength & Conditioning coach, yep fully official and everything! So many people on the course wanted to work with athletes and elite sports people; personally, I just wanted to help bring more of this to the general public. We all know (if you read half the shit I put out), that being strong makes day to day life so much easier.
It’s been a year of coffee mornings, which unfortunately due to personal family stuff these stopped towards the end of the year, but they will be back in the new year.
I’ve been opening up, telling people about the crazy stuff that has been going on with me, there has been some real dark times, sometimes at that point I didn’t see any way of coming out of the darkness…but, I did and I’m still here and annoying people.
There have been challenges for a young member of the family who has been dealing with their own mental health issues, which has been tough, tough on everyone, but they are getting there, they have help, but I could go on to a whole rant on the state of the NHS and mental health care especially for the youth, but I won’t.
Why is it we have money for DUP, money for a Divorce bill we don’t really have to pay and a shit load of cash for war and weapons and stuff, however we cannot find this magic money tree that we are told doesn’t exist but clearly does, and help the people that fucking need it?
Anyway, back to the year in review…
As you know, I love to gig, I love live music and this year has been amazing for that, been able to tick off a few from the old bucket list of bands.
We got to see Depeche Mode and the Stone Roses earlier in the year. I got to take the boy to see Green Day and I got to go to see Marilyn Manson a few weeks back.
Alongside that, Sally & I have been to see the Levellers, Wolf Alice, various festivals and the standard visits to see Beans on Toast & the Undercover Hippy.
Life is for living and doing stuff you enjoy, this is what we enjoy doing.
Can’t wait for next years gigs, already in my mind I am planning them, thank fuck for Twickets!
Travelling, well not as much as we normally would, but I’ve had so many decent trips. A week away in Cyprus with Sally was well needed and a lovely bit of sunshine.
I got to spend 5 days in New York with the boy and it was brilliant, we spent some great time together kicking back and having some great experiences, hitting the basketball – highlight of the trip.
One thing I did this year for me, was really realise I do need to take time for me, I give so much to others and will give until I drop but for my own health I do need to give back to me.
So, I did, I fucked off for the weekend to Newquay and learnt to surf.
I’ve always fancied it, so I did it.
I loved it.
Next year will include more surf weekends, driving down early and hitting the surf before driving back. It was a great feeling and after everything was well needed.
I could sit here and write up that next year is going to be amazing, a new me and everything, but you know what all I want is for there to be more of the good and less of the dark, that is something I’m working on each day and is something I know will happen, but I can’t forget that to really appreciate the bright sunshine you have to put up with the clouds sometimes.
So, I hope the last year has all in all been a win for you and you have moved forward in your life, not just in age but in other ways too, that maybe you are closer to your dream, closer to achieving what you wanted to achieve.
I hope the next one, you continue to move forward, and that overall the year is another win for you.
Maybe each day, have a think back at what you have done that day and appreciate those little wins.
Keep smiling people and spread the love.