I don’t know what it is about the impending end of the year that makes you think about the past year. The resolutions or goals you set in January, the books you had every intention of reading, the jobs you promised yourself you’d get through and then you look back and think about what you didn’t do or achieve.
I know January 1st is a long way off (and I’m not wishing the year away), but I’m already thinking about what I’d like to achieve in 2018. I’m not going to set unachievable goals or tell myself I must read x amount of books or that I must get rid of most of my possessions as that’s what the current books are recommending. I think setting simpler goals is more achievable.
This year a very special person in my life passed away. Last Christmas we asked what they’d like for Christmas and their response was I’m content with what I have with me here. There wasn’t much around them, but just the four of us in the room who she knew loved her very much. It’s funny as there’s never a day goes by that my Nanna’s presence isn’t felt.
Then later in the year another person passed away who we had seen in late Spring. They lived their last months to the fullest. Seeing their family, travelling across the world to do so. Even though they were dying you wouldn’t have thought it from his outlook on life.
During the middle of October I received an unexpected gift from an elderly gentlemen who I often help with his shopping/crossing the road. Instead of spending it mindlessly I decided to use it to purchase a china tea trio (teapot, jug and sugar bowl). I bought a simple and plain design that would look quite at home in any setting.
It’s not the material things that matter, but the people and memories that mould us into the person we are.