I am writing this blog to you sat in my room in a house in Kendal with the same friends that I go on holiday with each New Year.
Times change, the world turns, lives move in different directions but in the end, we all remain the same to each other. Friends that have stood the test of time. We are all different in many ways, but the bond we have holds us together and I hope always will.
I am never more myself than I am with these people. This time together at New Year is like a long slow exhale, my shoulders relax to a point where I realise how tense they were before; I am silly and happy.
We all revert to the same college years mentality, despite never actually all going to school together. Sharing a meal, arguing about what film we want to watch next, throwing death stars at each other after one too many beers.
Death stars by the way is a game we came up with during our New Year break a couple of years ago. Freezing the chocolates of the Quality Street box that you don't like and then throwing them at each other. Like I said, reverting to college years mentality.
These people accept me for who I am. They do not want to change me nor want me to change.
Every year we hear so much about New Years resolutions. They all revolve around changing yourself in some way. Whether it be stopping smoking or losing weight; changing our character and resolving to be "a better you". What is a better you exactly? What is wrong with the way you are now?
There is nothing wrong with making these resolutions but it is important that you are wanting to make these changes for the right reasons. Are you happy in yourself or it is society or those around you that think that these changes need to be made?
Changes have to be made when you are ready to make them, should they need to be made in the first place. I plan to stop smoking next year. This is not a New Year resolution. It is plan that I intend to implement at a point that I am ready to do so.
There is nothing like the pressure of feeling like you have to accomplish or start something by a certain date to put you off completely.
How about this for for New Years resolutions that we all need at some point? Be good to yourself. Remind yourself to put yourself first more. Realise that although bad things can happen, you have been through bad times before and you have got through them. You will get through them again.
Cherish your family and friends. Bring yourself closer to the people who love you for the way you are, not the ones who wish to change you. Realise that some relationships cannot be saved and move on.
I wish you all a very happy New Years Eve and a very happy 2017.