Christmas is less than a week away and I’m aware that for a lot of people, slowing down for the holidays is not a pleasurable process. There can be a stalling, rather than a smooth steady slow to stop. It might be that you are finding lots of reasons to keep charging forwards, because the thought of looking back on this year is deeply unappealing. Maybe you don’t want to reflect on what’s behind you because you associate the year with stress and confusion, or worse, trauma and fear.
I spend a lot of time trying to think of things I want to write about. Things that can be packaged into short articles with neat conclusions, that can fill a reader’s head with new ways of thinking.
I have a ‘things to do when I’m old’ list in my head. On this list is wine-tasting, birdwatching, knitting and my family tree. Also on the list is re-reading the classics, a refresher course in the Irish language, baking, and at the top of the list is gardening.