January 1, 2013 § 3 Comments
Well today is the first day of 2013. Another year has come and gone – one with lots of challenges, a few tears, lost hopes and a few more endings.
I have decided to welcome the new year simply. Reflecting on 2012 I have been very tempted to write it off as one to forget. But when thinking about writing this blog – a few days ago – I concluded that rather than wipe the slate clean I would simply get it into perspective. It is tough love sometimes and I guess I would put 2012 into that category. It wasn’t just the cancer but a range of other very difficult personal and professional challenges that together made 2012 a year I was keen to draw to a close. However, having always subscribed to the view that whatever comes our way is what makes us the people we are, I am resolved to reflect on 2012 as one of those years that in the journey of one’s life, was simply an energy sapping detour. So to 2012 I punctuate with a decisive full stop and poise the pen for the next paragraph of 2013.
Experience has taught me that luck and opportunity are things we make for ourselves. While I am still grappling with a fussy brain, poor memory and no hair I feel as determined as ever to make my own luck and opportunities count this year. I remain positive that this next phase will be a good one – as I am sure many others in the world do.
December 23, 2012 § 2 Comments
I’ve just had a little holiday break after my treatment. You don’t realize how fantastic a holiday is and how much you need it until you take it !!! Even though the last few months have not involved much hard work, the ability to just get away and change the routine is itself refreshingly therapeutic. While of course not much happens when you are unwell, I never felt quite comfortable doing nothing – not being pre-occupied with something ‘meaningful’. For some reason being on holiday gives you permission to escape from all the things you usually worry about. If nothing else – this is why holidays are a MUST !!!! Let’s face it, the worries will be waiting when you get back (as I have found out all too quickly). We really need to stop being so hard on ourselves.
Anyway my list of the ten best things about holidays:
- Eating fresh fish and chips
- Being anonymous
- You can’t get an internet connection
- It doesn’t matter what the weather is – you can relax whatever happens
- Reading the papers – from front to back over more than one day
- Going out for breakfast
- Walking along the beach
- Slowing down – literally !!!!
- Going to bed late
- 10. Not having to clean the house
By the way – am still bald !!!!!
December 21, 2012 § 3 Comments
Dear Blog Readers,
just a post to wish you all a Merry end to the year; whether you celebrate that as Christmas, or the Winter Solstice (my favourite) or the Dongzhi Festival, or Pancha Ganapati or Al-Hijira (already begun) and Hunnukah (already done) whichever one you have chosen in life and I’m sure I’ve missed several out, sorry.
Whatever your religion or philosophy, whatever your gender, or the shade of your skin..I wish you the happiest of times now and always.
(And wouldnt it be a better world if none of the above mattered)