As we enter another year, it is safe to say there has been a collective sigh. Of relief, nostalgia, hope or of just sweet reflection on another one done. So much happens in a year – hell so much happens in just a day that 365 of them all puzzled together can only lead to huge change, massive highs, sadly some lows and the ever-reinforced realisation that nothing is as you envisioned it would be.
2012 has been a mega year for many, as we reel from another mass shooting in America and the aftermath of the Jimmy Saville scandal, another term begun for America’s first Black president and the Queen's Jubilee, the most memorable summer of sport experienced for many in their lifetime (via a vis, the Olympics baby!), the deaths of yet more legends and heroes , not to mention the chilling yet incredible skydive from space. Our world is inSANE! I could go on, but instead a massive congratulations is in order to the whole world, including you, for avoiding that ever looming apocalypse.
Closer to home my entire world has seen an overhaul. I started the year seriously unhappy at my job, in substantial debt, bearing several real personal struggles and with every belief that it was a long way from there to anywhere happier. I ended the year having turned all the negatives in my life on their head - those that are within my control at least. Beyond myself, my loved ones have all experienced massive change as they venture into territory previously unknown to them (but ultimately, hopefully, positive) – from big break ups and engagements (so many engagements!), to wonderful arrivals of new little babies and sorrowful goodbyes as others pass over, to new houses and cities and countries – I have never seen so much dramatic change in one year amongst so many of my near and dear.
When they prophesised the end of the world in 2012, perhaps what they saw wasn’t the end of the world, but the end of a world, a way of living that wasn’t quite working anymore for some or getting the collective human race anywhere very quickly. Sometimes, bigger things have to intervene and miserable an experience as it may be for inidivudals, powers beyond our control sometimes come along to get us as a collective back on track, even if it initially feels very, very hard
I hope all my loved ones who had such difficult, life-changing times in 2012 find what they need in 2013 and begin to reap the rewards of the challenges they faced last year. I strongly believe that you attract what is in your heart, so provided you take positive steps every day, every action you take directly seeking the right things that are ultiumately right for you - whilst being the best person you can be inside and out - then you will get what you need.
'Just when the Caterpillar Thought the World was Over, it Became a Butterfly' - proverb
If you feel you are already trying but something still isn't working then make changes, big ones if need be. We can always do things differently, sometimes we just don't want to let go of the things we think we'll miss but are ultimately holding us back. Do the things that you find the hardest but that you know will benefit you long-term. Don't just have a dry January - have a dry year, avoid self-destruction and use that hangover-free time to better your life. Don't just join the gym to burn off Christmas calories, make it your new lifestyle, forever. Stop all contact with anyone who brings you any negativity - life is so busy, save your time for those who have and are a positive influence on you. Make a list of steps you want to take this year, hide it away and come 2014 look at what you have achieved.
Good Luck everyone - I hope to see lots of happy status' in 2014 :)