2017 is upon us and many will be glad to see the back of 2016. Most commentators suggest 2016 has been a shocker of a year but in reality, bar a few untimely deaths, a referendum that looks to be bringing about a British Reich and an American election that may well lead to the obliteration of our planet, I think it’s been a good one!
For me personally, I was made redundant from my job just as I turned 42 and that was the ultimate end to a horrendous period working for a company that had drained every last drop of enthusiasm out of me and where I had been running on empty for quite some time. I couldn’t see any way of getting out of it despite trying my luck on the job market a number of times over the years and then BAM – the guys in charge finally made the right decision to get rid of my department. Let me tell you, since that fateful day I have not looked back.
Granted, I didn’t manage to have that 3 month holiday I had planned, nor was I able to get a new job outside of pensions administration but apart from that, it’s been great!
They say once you hit the age of 42, you get to know the meaning of life, the universe and everything and you know, I think they’re right. Since I left my previous employer, I appear to have a new lease of life. No longer do I suffer from the Sunday Night Dread or the even greater Monday Morning Oh My God I’m Going To Stab Someone mood swings and these days, I’m more likely to be caught skipping into my work of a morning! (Perhaps I’m drinking too much coffee before I go to work…)
It’s amazing what a change of scenery can do for you and long may it last!
Another thing that’s made my year is watching the continued growth of two of my most favourite people. My son turned 3 near the end of the year and every day brings something new to be amazed at. Whether it’s his grasp of language or his sense of humour, every day is a joy. Ok, his tantrums are epic and his poops are legendary but he has filled a hole in my life that I didn’t know I had and I am very thankful that we decided to create such an amazing little boy. (To be honest, with my genes, I am not at all surprised at his awesomeness…)
Someone else who deserves special praise this year is my wonderful wife. She continues to put me to shame on the weight loss stakes with a whopping 4 stone drop compared to my 2lbs. She has also tried to improve her prospects of eventually changing jobs later in 2017 and both of these have given her a massive boost in confidence that can only help her achieve whatever it is she sets out to do this year. Obviously, she deserves lots of praise for putting up with me for another year…
I can’t wait to see what both of them will do during 2017 and I know whatever it is will make 2017 another exciting year round our way.
My thoughts turn to those that we’ve lost during 2016. Thankfully, I can say that my family is still intact and the Grim Reaper has given us a wide berth these past 12 months. Long may that continue!
Yes, I know, there have been some celebrities who’ve not managed to make it but who gives a shit about them? They’re not important to me or my life so I’m not going to shed any tears for them. Apart from Carrie Fisher, obviously. I mean, for crying out loud, we’ve still got oxygen thieves like Nigel Farage or Donald Trump kicking about and yet someone who has given so much joy to so many people (and increased sales of gold bikinis) is taken from us in the prime of her life.
It’s just not fair.
So, what do I want to see in 2017? Well, assuming we aren’t blown to smithereens this month when Obama hands over the reigns of the world’s biggest super power to a complete and utter fruit loop, I just want to have fun with my family and go on as many holidays as we can afford!
Politically, I think no matter what happens with Brexit (means Brexit), the UK as we know it is screwed. There won’t be another #indyref this year but we will certainly be another step closer to being a fully grown up country by the end of 2017. No matter what happens as part of the negotiations, Scotland won’t get what it wants, which is to remain in the Single Market and as such, we will have no option but to have another referendum. I just hope we take the opportunity when it presents itself as I don’t think we’ll get another chance in my lifetime if we screw it up again.
From a footballing perspective, I am excited about the appointment of Ian Cathro as Head Coach of Hearts and think it’s a brave move by the Board. With this appointment and the building of our new Main Stand, it could well be a very good year for Hearts. I am always an optimist when it comes to my team but usually that is gone by the first couple of weeks of a new season, so it’s a bit weird that I’m feeling so good about it at this moment in time. I’ve mentioned previously about losing my football mojo and I can feel some of it coming back these past few weeks. It will be interesting to see how that pans out – maybe I might even get a season ticket next season?! Well, only if the wee fella wants to come along too…
Anyway, I think I’ve waffled enough. Hope you’ve enjoyed my ramblings and I’ll be back on soon for some more inane drivel!