Reflections as I see in the New Year

2017 / 2018 new year

The passing of time is one thing we can't put off until tomorrow. As I sit here thinking about the year we say goodbye to and the year that we say hello to, I can't stop thinking about how much importance we attribute to this one day in the year. A marker of time. A point at which we stop and think about our lives and where we are heading.

A time to throw off the over-indulgence of the Christmas period, and enter into a time of self-reflection and self-restraint.

This year, I am sat at home tucked under a blanket in front of the fire and am curious about what the year ahead will bring. With so much going on in our lives, I don't really take time out to plan ahead or set out my goals. For me, it is all about getting through each day and working it out as we go.

That said, it has been a big year for us.

First I embraced my own vulnerability and decided to be open about my hidden hopes and fear. This then led me onto a journey which resulted in my being diagnosed as autistic and achieving a promotion that I have been working towards for the past 5 years.

The other big change this year has been in my relationship with my Eldest. This year we have managed to go from him refusing to engage with me (except at birthdays when I was needed to bake a cake) to sitting on my talking about all things Pokemon.

Looking to 2018 I am hopeful of two things - that I am able to establish a neurodiversity network at my work and that my family finds a way to make every day a little less stressful and a little more positive as we continue to find ways to support each other through the things that we struggle with.

Beyond this, I can't think of what I want for 2018. All I can say is that I hope that this time next year I am happy, and have wonderful memories of a year well spent with the family.

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