New Year…

New Year Gurinder JeetBoring title, eh? I know. Probably fairly obvious and repetitive content too, but I need to REMIND myself.

I need to remind myself to take advantage of ‘new beginnings’. The slate is psychologically wiped clean at the start of a new year. You can begin again; cast off the bad events, the things that went wrong, the dramas and tragedies that make up our lives. You can reflect on the good stuff – I usually do a scrap book between Christmas and new year to remind me about some of the enjoyable things I’ve done and places I’ve been. It’s good to reflect and review.

You can take the opportunity to be optimistic – look at what you want to achieve this year. A new hobby? A trip abroad? May be just a reminder to catch up with a certain friend or relative? Be positive, but also be realistic, or you risk disappointing yourself before you get into February! I never diet in January, with all the Christmas leftovers I’m bound to fail! If you do want to achieve something make a plan to do it – that way your more likely to succeed.

I need to remind myself too that life is short. This was bought home to me in a big way in 2012 with the deaths of two people close in age to me. I am milestone half-century this year (sshh, don’t tell anyone!) It’s not old – especially now 50 is the new middle-age – but if I get run over by a bus it will be as old as I get! I don’t think this is negative. It’s a good reminder that life is precious and not unlimited. If there are things you want to do, places you want to go, things you want to be, then grasp the moment and do them now, not later.  Not one of us knows if there will be a ‘later’ , so we need to make the most of the ‘now’.

I’ve booked my horse-riding lessons – six of them so I can’t chicken out at lesson 1.  I’ve spoken to the caterers about my party, and I have a plan for arranging my holiday of a lifetime in New Zealand.

I have no doubt that there will be sadness, illness and difficulty this year as there was last, but I also know that being positive and making the most of what life throws at me, as well as planning to achieve some positive results will make this year a good one to look back on too.

Happy 2013 – Carpe Diem!

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