I’m in a contemplative mood today and was going to write a rambling, self-indulgent Facebook status about it, but then realised that it was too long for Facebook so I’d write a rambling, self-indulgent blog post about it instead. Thanks for your patience in advance.
Last year was a brilliant one in many ways, but my platelet probs kept rearing their ugly head and I haven’t been well the past few weeks either so had been feeling a tad glum. (Get the violins out, will ya?!) However, today I left the house for the first time since Tuesday and spent the evening at my nan’s. She told a few stories that made me realise that, really, I’ve got nothing to whinge about at all, and made me look forward to the year ahead with renewed relish.
She talked about her brother who died at the age of 18 – he died of pneumonia a few days after going swimming in a freezing cold lake on a roasting hot day; he had a tumour on his lung that nobody knew about. She mentioned that her “school” days mainly consisted of going to a neighbour’s house one day a week to learn the basics. And she spoke of her sister and brother being evacuated during the war – “Did you miss them Nan?” “Dunno.” HOWLING.
I’ve heard these stories before, but only today did I realise that all of the above are things that we almost certainly will never ever have to experience. Her brother’s lung problems would probably have already been detected and treated if it was happening in 2016 and not in the 1930s. Going to school is something that we have all just taken for granted. And imagine kids being evacuated anywhere now?! “OH I’M NOT GOING ANYWHERE WITHOUT ME MUM/ME PHONE/SKY PLUS/A DECENT JUST EAT DELIVERY CHOICE.” (Or is that just me?)
I left my nan’s feeling all inspired and like I should be cartwheeling down the road screaming “SEIZE THE DAY!” to anyone and everyone I met. I settled for making a list instead (and oh, how we love a list) of how I am going to spend my time wisely this year. (Also I can’t cartwheel so that would never have been an option anyway.) (Also I turn 30 this year AND LIFE IS TOO SHORT.)
1. Go to more gigs. I used to go to loads but the past few years this has tailed off. Why? Not entirely sure. But so far I’ve secured tickets to Father John Misty, Little Mix (YEAH YOU ‘EARD) and Sound City. So I am doing quite well with this one already. WELL DONE ME.
2. Learn to drive. Me and the 10 bus…it’s been emotional, it’s not me, it’s most definitely you.
3. Resurrect my blog. Again, this appears to be going well so far.
4. Travel. The furthest I’ve been is Cyprus, for God’s sake. There’s a whole world out there and I’ve seen approximately 0.00064% of it. MUST. ADDRESS.
5. Lose weight. I put on two stone over the summer and now everything beautiful in Zara and Topshop is off limits. (Granted, the issue may also be that the aforementioned shops only stock clothes for tiny people, but still.)
6. Win a gold medal in Rio. But that’s been a work in progress for four years, so definitely won’t be a problem.