Monday, 28 December 2015

Another year nearly over…

So that’s 2015 almost done, dusted and packed away in our memories. We’re half way through a decade and I still can’t work out how to pronounce it. Was it twenty-fifteen or two thousand and fifteen? And does it matter?

As ever it’s been a year of ups and downs. I had a big birthday in June. I turned 65! I know how to pronounce that; it’s pronounced ‘old’! The best thing about my birthday was spending it in Jaffa and the best thing about Jaffa was watching the mix of cultures and religions, living shoulder by shoulder, with tolerant smiles. So much can change so quickly or was it an illusion created for me, the tourist?

This time last year I was tentatively thinking of getting myself fitter. Now I go swimming twice a week and I love it but I haven’t quite mastered the gym… yet.

This time this year I’m tentatively thinking of joining a choir. I’ve just signed up for a taster session with the National Rock Choir. I wonder if I’ll enjoy it. I won’t know until I try.

A few months ago I bought a new car… new, but the same make, the same colour; the only difference is the registration plate.

Yes, I’m a bit conservative. I don’t like change but I can’t stop the date from changing. It’ll take me a few weeks to get used to writing 2016 but I won’t be making New Year resolutions. I’m old enough to know that it’s not only with a new year that we can have new opportunities. They’re there at any time of the year. It’s up to us to grab them.  Right?

So let’s drink to a year of new opportunities, opportunities that we don’t let slip by, opportunities that we grab and run with.

Happy New Year



16 comments:

  1. Yes it's another year and more adventures lie ahead.

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    1. You're right, Heidrun. It's exciting, isn't it :-)

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  2. Good luck with the rock choir Ros, I think that sounds fun! And yes, there are opportunities out there...half the battle is recognising them...but saying yes sounds great!

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    1. And knowing when to say yes too. Thanks Bridget.

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  3. I've enjoyed your 2015 posts - you've had a good year no matter the number. Keep swimming, now singing, and writing. Much joy to you

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    1. Thanks, Joanne. It has been a good year.

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  4. Happy New Year to you too, Ros! I've loved your posts and always enjoy coming here! Good choice for the choir! Sounds great...well, I hope it will :) See you next year!

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    1. Thanks, Val I'll no doubt blog about the choir very soon.

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  5. Happy New Year, Ros - and thanks for all the support in 2015. And do sing - it's wonderful. I think it's one of the very few things you do when you can't possibly think about anything else (if you spend half a second wondering what to have for tea, you're the plonker who comes in at the wrong moment or with the wrong note!)

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    1. Thanks Jo. I remember you saying how therapeutic you find your choir. I'll let you know how it goes.

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  6. It's good to look back over what you have achieved but even better to make plans for next year. Wishing you a happy New Year and looking forward to hearing about your singing.
    Linda

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  7. Happy New Year Ros, and happy remembrances of that holiday celebration in Jaffa - looked wonderful ... and all those things going on - for a girl who doesn't like change!

    Happy New Year - and all the best in 2016 .. and here's to reading more of your intellectual comings and goings ... cheers Hilary

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  8. Ooo, I used to be in choirs when I was younger. Hopefully you'll enjoy it, I always did.

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  9. Wishing you lots of new adventures Ros, may there be many to keep you curious about life.

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  10. Happy New Year Ros. A choir sounds wonderful,I hope you enjoy it.

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  11. Grab the opportunities - I must remember that. Singing is great; so is dancing. Have a wonderful year, Ros.

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