Downhill to the end of the year

I can’t believe it’s actually November (soon to be called NaNovember?) already. I seem to say this kind of thing a lot. Why is time going so fast? Where does it need to be? It could be an age thing. Maybe time isn’t really going faster. It just feels that way. Most of the people I know who say ‘Can you believe it’s November already?’ are geriatrics like me. I’ve even started saying to people, and by ‘people’ I mean total strangers, ‘I’m 57, you know!’ (Having first checked that’s right, because for a while I was saying I was 58, and that was when I was ‘only’ 56). Once upon a time I used to say ‘I’d kill to be 30 again.’ Then it went up to 35, 40 and now I’m saying ‘I’d kill to be 50 again.’ NO ONE says that!! Who would want to be 50 again? Someone who’s older than 50, obviously. Way older…

Our aspirations expand and change to fit our present and our lifestyle. This time last year I was about to have a life-saving cancer operation. Here I am a year later, and feeling fab, if a bit forgetful about my age. At the time, (I didn’t tell anyone this btw, it felt a bit negative, though I didn’t mean it that way), I thought, if I could just have two more years of life that would be wonderful. But a year of that has gone by already, and I’m now hoping to live to my 90s. Or longer, I don’t mind. Because there are so many stories I want to write, and if I just stay on target with my current plan, I’m not going to look up from my keyboard until 2021. And that’s without any new inspirations I don’t yet know about…

Life goes by, is the moral of today’s meandering story. So don’t waste time thinking, ‘One day I will write that book’, or ‘One day I will…(insert lifelong ambition/meaningful pursuit here)’. It is never the right time, you will never have enough confidence to know you’re finally ready, because confidence only comes from facing a challenge and winning, or at least knowing you gave it your all. So stop waiting to feel complete before you step out into the unknown. Just do it, as those sports equipment people say.

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Spring and the zesty urge to create!

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Spring is on its way and with it comes that surge of energy and hope – the zesty urge to create something new.  Daffs are opening, crocuses are spreading their bright faces towards that strange yellow object in the sky that we haven’t seen for so long, and in the pond – Frog Lurve is going on.

As the days lengthen and grow warmer, we humans too feel the urge for renewal and growth, we frantically clean our houses as they have never been cleaned before (since last spring anyway) and if the estate agents’ boards are anything to go by, this is the time of year when we suddenly have the desire to move on to pastures new and start something fresh.  We are full of hope and excitement at the possibilities the year ahead holds.

So let’s get out there and try something new!  Make the most of this burst of energy and create, discover, try out and experience.  Sign up for a class.  Meet friends.  Go places, do things you haven’t done before.  Now is the time to expand those  horizons and enjoy life.