Month: December 2015

Just one New Year’s resolution

There is always so much hope and anticipation about the New Year. 

We wonder what it will bring. What joys and excitement await. How we’ll be better. How we’ll make resolutions of things to achieve, and actually get round to doing them this year. 

But soon that newness of the year will falter and eventually it will be lost. We’ll slip into the same old routines. We’ll forget the promises that we made to ourselves, the dreams and hopes that we had for the year ahead. And we’ll continue on the path that we’ve always known as it’s the easiest one to follow. 

This year, instead of making thousands of resolutions. Just make one. 

Instead of pinning so many hopes and dreams on the idea of the New Year, remember that every day is the chance to be what you want to be and do what you want to do. You just have to get up and do it. 

This New Year promise yourself that you will bring the excitement and hope which you feel on New Year’s Eve to every single day. 

(And this New Year I’m apparently going to be a truly awful motivational speaker.) 

A conundrum that’s called life 

You are thrust into the unknown. An unknown that is constantly changing and evolving, sometimes to an extent that you do not understand nor can process.

And with it, comes confusion. Lots of confusion. Expectation. The fear of failure. The fear of the Unknown.

But what can you do?

Choose not to listen nor think about everyone’s expectation of yourself, just think about your own.

Prioritise you and the things that matter to you – do not say yes because they expect it of you.

Do not think that you have failed if you are being you, doing what you can and most importantly being true to yourself. If you succeed in this, you have exceeded any expectation ever laid out before you.

The road is long. But it is a good road to be on. It is full of beauty, magic, wonder, excitement – more than you can think or dream of.

It is full of horrors, darkness, demons and monsters – more fearsome and terrifying than any story told before.

But it is life.

The good, the bad, the brilliant, the damn right awful and everything else in between. Just say yes to it.

Create the person you want to be – improve and reflect. Be self-aware, be aware of all that you can be. Take time to breathe, and then do everything all at once. Don’t ever waste the time that you have.

Laugh, cry, smile, feel pain, feel happiness, see beauty, give love, hear joy.

Take it all.

It is yours, and it is yours for the taking.

The invisible trail

Do you ever think about the trail which we leave behind us? 
The thoughtless remarks, the drunken comments, the way you make a person feel, the impression you left, the expectation of you. The invisible trail that’s left behind on nothing more than another’s mind. 

And how do you keep it clean? Or at least a trail that people want to follow, care to follow? 

A peek inside Bright Lights, Big City by Jay McInerney

“You described the feeling you’d always had of being misplaced, of always standing to one side of yourself, of watching yourself in the world even as you were being in the world, and wondering if this was how everyone felt.

“That you always believed that other people had a clearer idea of what they were doing, and didn’t worry quite so much about why.”
– Jay McInerney, Bright Lights, Big City

Bright Lights, Big City is one of those novels which manages to beautifully articulate the struggles, joys and hurts of life in such a way that is so relatable.


Books on the Underground: Keeping London Reading

I recently came across Books on the Underground (BOTU) and wanted to do a shout-out about it as I think it’s such a lovely idea.

Books on the Underground…

The concept is pretty much how it sounds: books which find their way to you on the underground. BOTU leave much-loved novels on the tube, you pick them up, read them and then leave them for the next person to enjoy.