Acknowledge and Advance Onto 2019

2019 is here. There, it’s been acknowledged – let’s move on.

I find that if you give the new year a couple of days, the optimism and enthusiasm that once encrusted those half-baked and saccharine resolutions made a few days before should give way to a realm of anxiety and self-imposed guilt. Did I really promise this? How will I do that? (Too late to cancel a gym membership, all that stuff). So, more hangovers from 2018 rather than a fresh start – nonetheless, I hope that if people prefer to chain themselves with such ‘refreshing’ constrictions, they’ll manage to break free by next December. If not, well; you’ve been warned.

As you may know if you’ve been reading my column, so far I have been dissecting a deliverance of Brexit-related news. Pretending at omniscience can be overwhelming however, so I wanted to let my hair down with an incandescent injection of positivity. (Note that these will become quite the rarity as we approach March 29th). Now, I have little idea what’s in store for the coming months. There are few certainties, yet if we were to carve out a projection for this year based on what’s passed, then what’s guaranteed seems rather frightening. So, is a little blind faith too much to ask? I don’t think so – in fact, it may be the best option.

Am I mad? Positively. Our preceding year was beset by an explosion in criticism and a sense of forbearing that became quite sickening by Christmas. Far be it for me to inhibit expression, but there were opinions on nothing short of anything. Some were worth it, be it the World Cup or Ms. Grande’s Sweetener – excellent album, I must say. Some were not, like the royal wedding and Cheryl’s latest claptrap. Opinions abound with frustration in tandem.

So what’s to stop us in 2019 from heading in the opposite direction? To breathe somewhat and try to keep our ideas to ourselves? That’s right – take a look in the mirror. As I said in my last article, there’s no harm in stepping back and taking a good look, rather than deriding or defining. Indeed, we should all be tired of criticising rail fares or May’s Brexit shambles; at this stage, we shouldn’t care whose fault it is. We’re here, let’s get on.

Nonetheless, if last year teaches us anything, it’s that we’re deafened by our own criticisms. Consideration is needed, but awareness more so. If you know, don’t brag. Don’t proselytise. Don’t share on social media. Just be aware. With a little more patience, let’s move on. Should difficulties arise, let’s use 2018 as a year to transcend rather than emulate.

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