Life Lessons from 2013
2013 was not a great year seem to be on a run of bad years at the moment. Hopefully 2014 will be the year to break this bad spell. The only thing I can say is when things have been bad you have to learn to live with the fall out and learn from it. So, what have I learnt?
Possessions are not important.
I have seen too many people loose all their possessions in an instant. Floods and ill heath have been the main causes for this. Does it make you any less of a person if you don’t have the biggest and the best of everything? No, I don’t believe it does! So why strive to do it? I think that’s why I have adopted the make do and mend attitude.
Plan for your future.
This probably sounds logical but actually how many people in their late 30’s (erm actually nearly 40 – 6 months and counting) have actually planned or even really thought about care options for if they are sick or even when they reach an age that they have to go into a nursing home. I hadn’t thought about it at all. There are so many variables around this option. I could be taken ill tomorrow and have to go into a nursing home and I have witnessed the upset of my nan going into a care home. I don’t think my family would need the added worry about money and costs so, this is definitely on the January list of things to do. Long term care planning!
I have been far to soft on my kids, letting them run rings around me. Treating them as mini adults when they are children has created too many problems and is not conducive to a happy household. They have no respect for me, my husband or any other adult and they think that they can do as they like. Today is day one of the year so I have told them that new rules are being implemented these include bed times, limited screen time and also rules in relation to food and drink. These rules I may go into at a later date. But now rules are in place and penalties will be applied. Watch this space.
If you don’t exercise you will get fat! Its a fact and I am living proof.
This last year I had not taken any exercise which I am not proud of. I kept finding excuses not to do it, I did try but just couldn’t get back the running bug. This year I am going to get back into it for more than one reason. Running is cheap, ok there are things which do help such as a decent pair of trainers and a good sports bra but really that’s the basics. Yes, of course you can have the full on fashionable running gear but its not compulsory or necessary. If you use that excuse its a cop out. I am refusing to buy new running gear until I have the bug again and I will go out in my paint covered kit.
There is no set time, which means you can’t miss a session. Morning or evening running it will be for me.
I am leaving my trainers in the car and walking at lunchtimes, planning two miles in 30 minutes and then going to try and get my run back on at least once a week followed by a Park Run every other week. I will plan on attempting my first park run in February just to give me enough time to get back into the swing as jumping straight into a park run might be a bit foolish and I may well end up hurting myself.
I am very lucky to have people who are good at running offering to come with me to help me get back into the stride so I have no reason not to, do I?
I have definitely learnt that I have been spoilt with my holidays and I have become a holiday snob. 2013 we moved house and didn’t have our two weeks in the sun that we have nearly always had. My husband was searching the internet last night and suggested Greece but after being to Dubai and USA. I am not sure I could cope with the toilet roll in a bucket option again I struggle with camping. Maybe I could cope with a Villa in Spain with its own pool. I am not even sure if I could cope with an all inclusive hotel with kids clubs. All those people I would much prefer a nice villa with a shop down the road, a pool that the kids can play in and a beach would be ideal.
So this years plan is a few camping weekends with friends and a nice two week holiday in the sun. Best get my skates on and find somewhere I like.
I think that will do for now.