After going to a bar for breakfast this morning, I went for a walk in the crisp December sunshine. I’m not sure why but I often find that going for a walk with no particular destination somehow recharges my batteries and helps me to clear the cobwebs in my head to come up with ideas for writing. Maybe it’s not ‘doing’ anything in particular that helps, either way it always works for me.
It also got me thinking about the end of the year and how today’s walk was more of a clearing of the cobwebs to prepare for a new mindset, a new day or even a new year. In January this year, Mrs AwayFromTheNoise and I moved to a new city in a country with a new language and all that entails and it has been an incredible experience with lots of new and exciting things mixed in with some that are less so, however all in all, it’s been what we wanted, an invigorating change with new challenges which so far has worked well for us.
With the impending end of one year and the beginning of a new one, there is always that sense of new opportunities with countless new year’s resolutions being made with all the best will in the world when they are made. As an optimist (most of the time at least), I find this time to be very hopeful with people wanting to do new things, challenge themselves and not only wanting to be better people, but also believing that they can be which is often the most difficult part.
Reflecting on the last year, the good and the bad and then clearing the cobwebs by going for a walk or whatever works for you, can help to create a new foundation for whatever you want to be or to do next. Either way, whatever you do, I hope you have a wonderful holiday over the next couple of weeks.