Welcome to 2016! Oh, what fun and opportunities lay ahead for each of us…
I rang in the new year quietly – a couple of Pimms and a repeat-viewing marathon of Inside Amy Schumer (intelligent filth! I love it…), followed by bedtime not long after midnight. And no, I’m not turning 92 this year.
I spent a lot of time yesterday reflecting on the year that was, and for me it’s been a rollercoaster. I’ve experienced the overwhelming joy of moving from the city to the country, yet tasted the bittersweet sadness of moving away from my friends. I’ve released my book, Depression? F*** Depression!, fulfilling my goal of helping people by providing practical solutions grounded in reality, yet I have found the marketing and promotional side of self-publishing my book to be mentally exhausting, since it is just me (and I can honestly say that sales and marketing are not my strengths).
I’m incredibly fortunate to be in a great position now in terms of my mental health, so much so that in the past year I have been able to completely stop taking beta blockers (for anxiety) and I’m in the process of stepping down my anti-depressants with a view to being off them completely in the next six months or so; yet there’s a sense of loss combined with trepidation that has come with that for me. Basically, at times I find myself feeling a bit lost as I work through the process of creating this next phase of my life.
That’s the thing about creating a ‘new you’. Since the possibilities are endless, it can be difficult not to become overwhelmed. I have lots of ideas and things that I want to try, there are times that I feel like a jack-of-all-trades-master-of-none. Every now and then I find myself humming I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself by Dusty Springfield.
The funny thing is, I don’t need to know what to do with myself, not in that manner of defining myself by a ‘career’. After bankruptcy and severe depression, I know that I don’t need a high-flying career – and, frankly, I don’t want one either. All I need is enough to pay the bills and keep a roof over my head, and I can still be quite happy. So it’s funny (objectively, anyway) that my mind keeps asking me ‘What do you want to be?’ – that’s 39 years of self-conditioning for you.
My personal challenge in 2016 is to break my old mindsets and continue to allow myself to dabble in as many areas as I like (watch out); to let my ‘new me’ emerge organically, rather than forcing it.
Rather than making lots of new year’s resolutions (many of which will likely be broken), I challenge you to consider how you will allow yourself to develop and grow in 2016 in an organic yet focused manner.
Have a brilliant 2016!
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