For my brother. For my sisters. And for myself.
It only takes one thought, an unhappy thought, to slip and fall. Down down down. Into the depths and darkness. Gulping in the smoke and smog. Twisting and turning until I almost hit the ground. Where I will lie broken.
And that’s where you may find me. Revitalise me with your happy thoughts. That become my happy thoughts. Teach me to float back up. Until I have the strength to fly and then soar.
So come with me, where dreams are born, and time is never planned. Just think of happy things, and your heart will fly on wings, forever, in Never Never Land! – Peter Pan
I was reading an article which suggested trying out a new thing a day. Amazing as that sounds I don’t have the energy to attempt that! So, me and my partner decided we would try doing a new thing a week.
The rules: neither of us could have done the thing and it needs to be in the UK.
52 sounds like a small enough number but given it’s cold and rainy it’s actually proving to be quite difficult! A real bunch of adventure hunters we’re turning out to be (!) All the ideas we’ve come up with so far would be great in the spring / summer. But onwards we go and I’m sure this year will be better because of it.
So far we’ve (1) gone to a book market that neither of us had been to before and (2) went inside a squat to visit a friend.
The 2nd one is a little bit of a cheat as he has been inside squats before – just not this particular one though. And also it was more of a errand as he’d have to do as he needed to see said friend. But I had just recovered from the flu, it was pouring outside, I had an exam the next day and we were both busy on the weekend. So off to the squat it was! And it was interesting to see a space reclaimed. Not the way I could live but I appreciate people have different life experiences that would lead them to this path.
On squats – some students have legally occupied an abandoned building in Oxford for homeless people. Please sign this petition to support them. I can’t imagine having to sleep outside in this weather – I am struggling even under my duvet.
Other ideas we have:
- Horse riding
- Learning and playing a game of chess
- Fly a kite
- Eat a cronut
- Visit Harry Potter world
- Visit Hunterian museum
- Visit House of dreams
- Bake something new
- Volunteer in a soup kitchen
- Trampolining place
- Secret cinema
- Pottery class
- Escape room/time run
- Hampton Court Palace or Crystal Palace maze
It’s been a lot of fun so far. Not too outgoing but it is only the beginning and spending that time together – no matter what we’re doing has been great. Even coming up with new ideas has been exciting.
I would defo recommend giving this a go. I know two weeks have passed but 50 is still a huge number. And you don’t need to do it with someone. Or even with a specific someone – maybe try something new you’ve never done before even if the person you’re going with has.
Any ideas you have of things we could try would be awesome! And I’ll update you all at the end of year on how it goes.
I do find is weird how we humanise the years like a block of time scheduled by the western world has any control over the fate of the whole world. 2016 was an awful year we see all over social media. It was made into a comical horror “film”. It was 2016 that caused all the deaths of the celebrities and 2016 that caused Brexit and Trump.
2016 and not people.
In this way we can shift the blame away from ourselves – the voters and non-voters. The friends of fascists and non-friends who did not organise.
We mourn the names of those who’s names were in lights. And that is understandable and natural. Our heroes, the unfallable, now gone.
But natural death comes to us all. And though we mourn their dates we do not mourn the deaths of those caused by our hands. Syria, Yemen and Palestine to name just a few. We watch humanity die live from our screens. In their homes, in the sea, in the hospitals. Outside our own doorsteps we have the homeless, unable to apply for help – dying from the cold and hunger.
Now that we have entered a new year the suffering for the millions will not stop.
Happy New Year. May we always be concious of our actions, throughout the entire year.