Happy New Year everyone. Did you welcome in the start of 2017 with a bang or a whimper ? I had a lovely evening at home with close friends. We played silly games that most of us didn’t understand and laughed till we cried at silly jokes. But it was a super evening where we all relaxed, ate good food and were happy to be in each others company.
As a youngster I spent New Years Eve crawling from one local pub to another, wearing the most ridiculous fancy dress outfit, trying to chat to friends over the excessive loud music and the shouts of drunken people. I actually never enjoyed myself to be honest. I have never enjoyed alcohol and it became a relief five years ago to declare myself tee total. And in no way am I a party pooper ! I just prefer the taste and effect of soft drinks.
As soon as I had my first child ( at age 23 ) I retreated from the frivolities of New Years Eve, preferring to stay at home with my daughter and family. Even at that young age I loved our family parties consisting of my husband, and both our sets of parents. There was no pressure or stress, something I had always felt when going out in town on New Years Eve. I guess I have always been a home bird. I love the comfort and safety of home, a place I feel at ease and at peace. So thirty years later I find myself still enjoying New Years Eve in my own home surrounded by those I love, sipping sparkling mineral water and eating home made curry and chilli.
Speaking to my husband this morning, we discussed the options of spending New Year Eve somewhere else next year, just for a change. He showed an interest in going abroad next year but I have to admit I was a bit lukewarm on the idea. I think I am just happy been at home in familiar surroundings with good friends. This raised a few questions for me. Do we get TOO comfortable as we get older ? Is it wrong to be content staying within our home environment, or should we break free looking for new adventures ?
There is a small part of me that is keen to push my boundaries and experience more of the big wide world. After suffering from anxiety many years I have honestly missed out on so many things. I guess that eventually I will get to an age where I am are not as mobile ( eeek, that sounds scary !) so perhaps I should take my chances for new adventures while I can.
So, with that in mind I am planning new goals for myself for 2017. These are work and personal goals, but everyone of them has been planned so that I push myself outside my comfort zone. I am quite a laid back person who shies away from risk taking and adventures into the unknown and I think 2017 will be the year that I try to challenge this side of my personality.
Are you like me ? Someone who enjoys sitting in a comfort zone, scared of stepping outside the safe confines of what you know. Have you set yourself any goals for this year ? If so, I would love to hear what they are. I am writing down these goals as I think they are more achievable if I can see them in black and white. I am also less likely to avoid them if they are in print, something I have done in the past. In all honesty I don’t want to be sat here in a years time regretting not pushing myself because of lousy excuses I made not to do something.
So I will report back on my progress over the next few months and let you know what my individual goals are and how well I am doing in achieving them. To be honest, writing about this on my blog is also making me accountable and gives me an extra incentive to be pro active and ‘do something’ !
So my dear friends. Happy New Year to you all. I wish you good health, happiness, peace, contentment and a cheeky Lottery win every now and then !
Until next time