Episode MMX: A New Hope

I don’t know about you, but for me, 2009 was one heck of a rollercoaster ride full of highs, bumps, twists and turns. And just when I thought it was cruising nicely to begin the next lap, it threw me off the side and left me battered and bruised. So begins a painful start to 2010.

I think I learned more in 2009 about myself and life than I have in the last few years put together. It challenged my morals, fulfilled some fantasies, forced  me to review the way I live, and made me realise what’s really important and what isn’t. It gave me more confidence, pushed my boundaries, made me do things I never thought I would, and gave me some of the happiest memories of my life. And there was I just hoping for just a bit of fun, sun and excitement!

But I don’t want this entry to be a “best of” for 2009 – that’s all in the past! No, I want to concentrate on this year, 2010. Wow – 2010. As I looked down at the clock in my car on New Year’s Day I realised things were different. The digits displayed almost in binary: 01/01/10. Another decade. Except, we didn’t really think of the 2000’s (or “Noughties” if you prefer) as a decade, did we? Never had the same ring or identity as the 80s or 90s. And what the heck do we call this decade, anyway?

So what wonderful things do I have to look forward to in my life this year?

Well, the World Cup, for a start. Although the likely prospect of more England heartache doesn’t really appeal to me, I’ll at least be making it over there to see a few other group games.

The first baby in my family for 14 years. Go, my little cousin Claire!

Ummm…. wait, there must be something else…

There is nothing else I can think of I’m looking forward to.


And that’s the point.

2009 was all what it was for me because for most of it I made it happen. Things don’t just lay themselves on a plate. Sure, some things appear out of the blue, but you have to grab them, and the majority you have to search for. It may have ended bad, but once I’ve picked myself up it’s up to me to plot a successful year. You want things to look forward to? Well give yourself something to look forward to!

So, are you tired of all this self-involved crap yet? Tough. It’s my blog and this post today is primarily for me. They can’t all be goat-herding, bungee-plummeting, ball-busting, action-packed accounts, you know!

But I’ll leave the last words for you. I don’t know what I’ll make of this year for me, but I’ve had had enough fun and happiness to last me a while regardless. Shit, I’ve got a great life and should never really complain. I hope 2010 gives you health and laughter…and I sincerely wish you the best of luck in reaching for what you want.

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