5 Things – 2017 Edition

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So, it’s the start of a new week and the start of the first full working week of the year. And also the final time that I am going to get reflective about the year that has just passed. So I’m going to talk about the 5 good things that happened last year.

1) I got a pay rise – It seems kind of ridiculous that this is the thing that tops my list, but it happened twice this year and so it is. My job is my main cause of stress and this year it really ramped up, especially over the last quarter of the year, so this almost makes it worth it. Almost.

2) I went on holiday – An actual honest to go holiday where I didn’t have to do anything. I spent a week just lazing about and eating and getting some sun. Just truly taking some time off and get way from all the stress just felt really good.

3) I saw Hamilton. Twice. – That happened. I’m pretty sure there was a playlist at some point in 2016 where it was effectively all Hamilton songs. Part of me had resided myself to never seeing it because there was a part of me that didn’t think it would transfer over to the West End and then it did. And of course the tickets went on sale when I had to go into a meeting. But my mum got tickets in the pre-sale and so we went for dad’s birthday and then R got two pre-sale tickets for the 30th and so I saw it back to back Saturdays. It was everything I hoped it would be and more. It was a delightful to close out the year.

4) Exercise – I really upped my game when it came to exercise this year because it felt like my only release from the craziness that was my life and it became a really useful tool for me to try and calm down on occasion and get back to myself. This year was rough mentally for me and things felt kind of helpless for a couple of months, but when it all went tits up I had to remind myself that exercise was there for me and it was always a way to remind myself that I am stronger than I think.

5) Reading – I surpassed my reading goal for 2017 and it felt good. To be honest, it never really at any point felt like I wasn’t going to do it. Yes, there were two books that I wanted to read last year that I didn’t, but it was no stress for me. I read 53 books last year, which is just about more than one a week.  I love reading and I love that I got to do it so much last year.

And those are the 5 things. What about you? What are the things that liked about 2017?

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Music

Music

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There comes a time when all of a sudden you hear a song that you have a great familiarity with for the millionth time in a whole new light and it changes your view on everything. It makes you wonder how you never heard the song like before. It alters your very relationship with that song irrevocably.

This happened to me on the 30th June at around 10pm. I was sat watching Jeremy Jordan totally crush it and crossing something that was unknowingly on my bucket list until I bought the tickets off. The opening notes to his combined version of Santa Fe (which I am pretty sure at some point I have included in a playlist) started and by the time he reached ‘where does it say that you gotta live and die here?’ my relationship with the song had been changed for good (let’s not go into the epiphany that I had with that song one day that led me cry for a good 10 minutes a few years ago).

I don’t know exactly what it was (and I am aware that we are now nearly in mid-August) that caused this. Maybe it was because at the time I was on day 2 of some rare time off work (which is my own doing I am very aware of) and I had just had time to myself to reflect on…well life. In my head it felt like there were some puzzle pieces a settling into place. They haven’t formed a full picture by any means yet, but it felt like something settled.

I mean this happens with a lot of songs. Defying Gravity for example is a definite one for me. Recently I’m Here from the The Colour Purple really fucked me up good and also gave me some kind of kick up the butt to stop being so fucking hard on myself. It’s not working, I’m still too hard on myself and I’m still way too far in my own head all the time, but whenever I need to just kick myself out of that, even if it’s only for the duration of the song, I just click play and it is done. There a few Beyoncé songs that have the power to make me feel like a total bad ass or mad at a boyfriend I don’t even have.

There are some songs that I can sit on for ages, and by ages I mean actual years, and then a lightbulb goes off and they become staples that I go back to when they are most needed. They are reliable and welcoming in a way that only music seems to be. My days right now seem to be me seeing new songs in a totally new light and having several epiphanies that make music so worth it.

Basically, behind literature, music is like the the most important thing to me. Ever.

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