Saturday, 8 September 2012

A Year in the Life

As it was my birthday this week I have been thinking about what a year really is and how it is defined in different circumstances.
For example, we have the calendar year which starts on 1 January, the financial year on 1 April, a year of our life which starts on our birthday, anniversaries, special events etc, etc. I think you get the picture.

I think the year which probably means the least to me is the calendar year. Such a fuss is made each year about New Years Eve and having a good time. But to me, it’s just another day and a chance for businesses to make some money. It doesn’t really mean anything when the clock strikes midnight. It happens every day!
I know other people will feel differently about New Year, but it’s just a total anticlimax for me.
This week I was thinking about the past year in terms of the year I was 25, and whether it was a good or a bad year for me.

I’ve come to the conclusion that actually, it was a pretty good year in the grand scheme of things. I went on holiday, had a day out in London, felt confident enough to visit London on my own, made some fab new friends, went on a creative writing course and have read loads of great books. And even better, I have finally started to be comfortable in my own skin and not worry so much about the fact that I am ‘different’ and a bit of a geek. I’ve found that there are plenty of other people out there like me and that the people I care about like me as I am, not how I think people want me to be!

That is quite a revelation for me. To be able to be yourself shouldn’t be that difficult, but it is something I have always struggled with to an extent as I have been too worried what other people think of me and surrounded by those who are very ‘normal’ and basically, not like me.
Well, anyway, here’s to being who you want to be and not following the crowd! And let’s hope that 26 will be even better than 25!!



  1. I feel exactly the same as you about new year - it's a total waste of time! Saying that, my birthday is right at the beginning of January, so my own year starts then as well!

    Sounds like 25 has been a good year for you, and I hope 26 is even better too!

    1. Thank you! Fingers crossed that this is a good year for you too!