New Year’s Eve approaches and, for me, it’ll likely be a quiet evening at home, with a few glasses of bubbly and the television for company. I’m not too bothered about this, I like New Year for a different reason.
The parties, merrymaking and singsongs are echoes of ancient celebrations of renewal. A fresh starting point. A chance to say, “Out with the old and in with the new.” Many people will make personal resolutions as a means to stimulate change – but not me, I don’t like resolutions. Don’t get me wrong: setting demanding but achievable personal targets is a fantastic way of driving self-improvement but why limit their use to once per annum? Why run the risk of starting the year with failure? Nope, I’ll set myself resolutions whenever I need them. New Year might be a good place to start but I’ll not be constrained to it.
So what is it that I love about New Year? Well, I like to use this holiday to stop for a second or two and look backwards. To reflect on what’s changed or been done in the last twelve months…
We spend so much of our lives gazing, often worriedly, into a future full of undiscovered fears, concerns, ambitions and desires that we rarely pause and acknowledge what we’ve actually achieved. Big or small, our successes provide us with a platform for the next twelve months of endeavour. Can feed us with new energy and motivation. Will undoubtably, when we take a moment to consider them, be a positive and pleasant surprise for us.
For me, a look back at 2011 includes some amazing highlights:
- Leading hundreds of guys to deliver their best ever winter delivery performance, during the worst winter for a hundred years, to some of the UK’s biggest companies.
- Then, less than six months later, getting made redundant from that same role and finding myself having to push off in a new direction – an experience which always really tests self-esteem and courage.
- Yet, amongst this, I was also lucky enough to get to visit (and escape from) several countries including the USA (Aspen), Finland (for Midsummer), Greece (Lesbos) and Yorkshire (twice)…
- My revised work schedules meant I was suddenly gifted with more time at home that I have enjoyed for over a decade. I’ve therefore been able to play host to my daughters on several occasions and have singularly failed to poison them with my cooking (so far). This is a small, yet priceless, luxury for a live-away dad.
- This was, of course, also the year during which I completed the final edit (of many final edits) of Firebird and then learned the ultimate patience-stretching art of e-book formatting and publication.
- It was the year in which I met many new, interesting and exciting friends amongst the Indie writer community.
- It was the year in which I started a blog site – this site – which has incredibly had over 1,500 visits.
- Was the year that Firebird managed to creep into, and then keep itself in, both the UK and US Amazon Technothriller Top 100’s.
What a year…
My imagination is insanely active but I’d never have dreamed of setting resolutions that looked like any of the above.
So, goodness only knows what 2012 might look like…
I wonder what fantastic things it will bring for you, too?