Thursday, 31 December 2009

The roads we travel

It's that time of year when everyone seems to be looking back at what's been and making plans and promises for the future. So I thought I'd join in too.

As many of my friends will know, 2009 has been somewhat of an eventful year for me. To be honest I'm hoping for a quieter time in 2010.

But in terms of a review, in 2009 I have:-

  • become single
  • moved house
  • lost and gained a job
  • got a new boss
  • cried at the funeral of a friend
  • been admitted to hospital as an emergency
  • said goodbye to my feline companion of the last 17 years
  • been on TV
  • learned to snowboard and cross country ski (both after a fashion!)
  • spent more weeks with my sister in one year than the last 10 put together (and enjoyed them!)
  • made new friends and rediscovered old ones
I've also:-
  • climbed a grade 6b (indoors, outdoors perhaps next year?)
  • lost weight and got fit
  • lost more weight and got ill
  • put back on all the weight I lost in the first place
  • started walking to work
  • remembered that I like cooking
  • travelled on a steam train and a paddle steamer
  • laughed till I cried
  • cried more than is good
  • developed crows' feet round my eyes
  • survived rumour and gossip
  • bought a designer suit
  • treated my sister to a girls' day out
  • discovered Wii Fit and Singstar
I've learned:-
  • that good friends are worth their weight in gold
  • too much stress can make you physically ill (see hospital admission above!)
  • being alone isn't the same as being lonely
  • there is such a state as "too thin"
  • being single at 40+ is harder than at 30
  • exercise does make you feel better
  • laughing at good jokes (or even bad ones) is good for the soul
I also know:-
  • how to make a Cosmopolitan
  • how to put on mascara properly (on the top and bottom of the lash)
  • much more about climate change, sustainability and peak oil
  • to look up more and see what there is above eye height
  • that being an Aunty is a great job
  • that my sister is one of my best friends
And as for 2010, my main aim is to have quieter time, and hopefully to be less high maintenance for my friends (thanks guys, for all your help and support this year). I also resolve to:-
  • live life
  • laugh more
  • never act my age
  • take more risks
  • be as good a friend to others as mine have been to me
In fact, this pretty much sums it up. I don't want to look back later in life and wish it had been different.

See you next year.

If I had my life to Live Over - Nadine Stair

I'd dare to make more mistakes next time.
I'd relax, I would limber up.
I would be sillier than I have been this trip.
I would take fewer things seriously.
I would take more chances.

I would climb more mountains and swim more rivers.
I would eat more ice cream and less beans.
I would perhaps have more actual troubles,
but I'd have fewer imaginary ones.

You see, I'm one of those people who live
sensibly and sanely hour after hour,
day after day.

Oh, I've had my moments,
And if I had it to do over again,
I'd have more of them.
In fact, I'd try to have nothing else.
Just moments, one after another,
instead of living so many years ahead of each day.

I've been one of those people who never goes anywhere
without a thermometer, a hot water bottle, a raincoat
and a parachute.
If I had to do it again, I would travel lighter than I have.

If I had my life to live over,
I would start barefoot earlier in the spring
and stay that way later in the fall.
I would go to more dances.
I would ride more merry-go-rounds.
I would pick more daisies.

1 comment:

ebbandflo said...

how did i miss this gem? what a wonderful summation of 2009 for you and with such hints at what is to come (and what has come so far since I'm writing this halfway thru the next year, if you get my drift?)