In 1999, as Prince did his thing and everyone else was quaffing champagne and wondering if we were about to encounter a digital apocalypse, I was laid up suffering my own version of the Millenium Bug, replete with Aloe laden tissues and an untouched glass of Bucks Fizz. In a strangely apt balancing act, NYE 2010 sees me gestating another flu-bug, but hopefully this time round I’ll muster enough energy to down the fizz and retain my Just Dance 2 crown.
The end of a year, especially one that bookends a decade is always a time for reflection. I have a shockingly bad memory for dates but I can at least recall that I got married and gave birth in at least 3 of the years in this decade – 2002, 2004, and 2006. So I was pregnant for half a decade?! Bloody hell! At least that explains the stretch marks.
Geographically I’ve moved further north, graduating from St Albans to the wilds of North Bucks. London is no longer a half an hour train ride away and with that fact comes the knowledge that the pace of life really has slowed down considerably in the last 10 years.
In the last year I’ve discovered a wonderful online fraternity and with that my love of blogging has developed and grown. I’m very grateful for all the friendships and opportunities that this has brought me, and regardless of how often I manage to commit my rambling thoughts to the screen it’s definitely not an outlet that I’ll be giving up in a hurry.
In the next decade I will
celebrate acknowledge ignore my entry into my fifth decade of life and look to shift my focus once more. The last 10 years have been primarily about children, working in a piecemeal sense around their needs and generally putting all vestiges of my career very much on the back burner.
The next 10 are where I intend to resurrect some sense of ambition, still focussing on the needs of my family but also looking for ‘me’ – not sure where she is really, she might be languishing down the back of the sofa along with a multitude of beads, barbie shoes and freddo wrappers.
So, I’m looking forward to 2011, wishing you all a happy, healthy, successful year and resisting the pressure to make any resolutions. It is what it is…..