A New Year’s Post

Howdy all. I have been procrastinating over what kind of posts I was going to begin the year 2020 with and so I decided to do some sort of broad post rather than a review of something or chatting about my experiences last year travelling. This way I can think about 2019 and look forward to 2020.

In some ways 2019 was a year I learnt whilst travelling. And at the same time, the things I though I learnt, well, I feel I shouldn’t have had to learn them, because I should have known already. Like moving too fast whilst travelling. Actually that was the main thing that I learnt.

Christmas and New Year’s are busy for most people I guess, and I’m no exception. As a rule I don’t travel over this period (just the once, nearly 20 years ago) and so whilst many people are away from work, that’s where you’ll often find me. It’s not the best time of year to work, the temperature is rising (we had two 40+ days in December and I worker on both of them) and many people are off. On top of that, people tend to drop shifts at the last minute even more than normal. And as people are away it’s almost impossible to fill them. Last Sunday I did an overnight shift (not a sleep over, I had to be awake the whole time and working) which is a pretty effective way to replicate jetlag without getting on a plane.

One big lesson I feel from 2019 for me is don’t wait 18 months to have a proper break of some kind, and so in 2020 I plan (nothing booked as yet) to go away three times for around 10 days each throughout the year.

Interestingly I have a lot of people talking and posting about us being in a new decade. I hate to burst everyone’s bubble but technically we are NOT. Just as 2000 was not the first year of this millennium, but the last of the previous 2020 is the last year of the decade 2011-2020. I know, I’m a killjoy. But doesn’t it say something about us humans and our impatience that we all bar a few accepted 2000 as the first year of the new millennium. There was no Year Zero – 1BC was followed by 1AD in the Gregorian Calendar. So therefore 1st millennium AD was 1 – 1000 (a thousand years) and 2nd millennium AD was 1001 – 2000. It seems I am trifling over nothing here, but I feel like everyone was so keen to celebrate and party like it was 1999 that… ok well, I’m still right. 😛

So 2020 is beginning and I guess the first thing to do is get my life back in order. You know… I came home on the 14th of December, and the focus has been work and Christmas. The gym closed down over the Christmas/New Year Break (Yes, I go to the gym. Obviously it doesn’t seem to do me much good, but hey…) which for me is probably when I needed it most. I tried to promise myself to go easy on the food over December. But here I am at the start of January….

So there’s planning, saving, dreaming and working. Getting my video footage into some sort of order to create a VLOG series will be a project over the first few months. I’ve started work on the first one. Hopefully in the next week or two I can get it up. I’m going to try and not get too stressed by politics or the ‘state of the world’. How about you?

I’m not into resolutions. I could make one to continue to not smoke. I think I’d have a decent chance on sticking to that. Please comment below on how you’re feeling towards the year 2020, the final year of the decade. LOL

Thanks for stopping by – May the Journey Never End!

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4 Comments

  1. Oops, I should have known that about the decade – I was in Japan for the 2001 New Year and there was a lot of talk about that being the start, not 2000 like how we had celebrated back home in Ireland. I got to celebrate the start of the millennium twice though!!

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