Today is 31/12/2019 the last day of the teens before the century reaches the twenties. It seems strangely appropriate as century need to grow and become more adult. It needs to forget the Brexit inverted teenage tantrums of “I don’t want it now,” and move on to a mature future. We need the world to grow up so we can be serious about addressing issues that have a more significant concern for the future such as climate change.
As I see in the new year, I would like to share my 2020 vision. Despite the first paragraph this 20 20 vision is not a political manifesto but my personal vision. 2019 has been a landmark year in my life. Highlights include a Buckingham Palace Garden Party, a holiday in Lanzarote, self-publication of a climate change poetry book (Park Climate Change) and self-publication of a poetry book to make people laugh and smile (Laughter the 2nd Best Medicine).
The year was also a tough year financially but alleviated by overtime. My employers focus on me as a person rather than just as a unit of productivity has boosted my confidence. I not only have a past and present but will also be haunted by the friendly ghost of future employment for a few years yet. The availability of overtime (which I could not have coped with 2 to 3 years ago) allows me options to manage and sort my own life. The respect and support of my colleagues is a very positive aspect to my life, and I thank you all.
I have just had a wonderful Xmas with the surprise arrival of my oldest daughter being the icing on our Xmas cake. To have all 3 daughters here on Xmas day provided a magical Xmas moment. Their love of each other lit up Xmas with its own energy. On Sunday I took them to the aptly named Eden project and we enjoyed a day to remember (I have included some photographs from that day in my blog.)
So on to 2020. I am starting the year wanting to be a bit more sloth. I recently changed my mattress and have been able to enjoy lying in for the first time in 2 or 3 years. Backpain had combined with stiffness from Parkinson’s to make getting up a battle every morning. I thought the backpain was being caused by my condition but changing the mattress has proved me wrong.
I know a lot of people with sleep issues most with Parkinson’s and but some not and I decided instead of making a charitable donation as I do every Xmas, I would buy 8 copies of The Little Book of Sleep by Dr Nerina Ramlakhan. It is I think one of the best of the sleep improvement books I have seen. I have noticed that people with sleep difficulties often see it as part of them. As soon as we include lack of sleep within our definition, we assume we cannot change it or improve it. This often not true and I hope that we can show that improving sleep is possible to help not only the people I have given the book to but others who might be inspired to try themselves. Sleep will be a regular topic on my blog in 2020 and if I can help anybody achieve a better quality of life
I will continue to blog at work and on social media to share my experiences of life and Parkinson’s for the benefit of others. I would just like to insert a plug here for social media. I have connections with friends around the world, not just People with Parkinson’s but others including poets. Online access has allowed me to cross boundaries and have my words read by people I would never previously have expected to impact. If you have Parkinson’s and want to check out social media I would suggest “Start living today P D” a very positive closed Facebook group. It is a group that has a warm welcoming ethos and provides an encouraging platform for sharing of support and experience.
I intend to keep writing this year although I am currently looking for my next literary project. In recent years I have concentrated on poetry but maybe this is the year for short stories. As I look back to my blog at the end of last year, I can see a certain restlessness. Last year I was determined I wanted to achieve goals and keep moving my life forward. I still want that, but I perhaps feel more content to see where the year takes me.
I may have 20 20 vision, but I don’t have a crystal ball. I do have life and hope and that’s enough.
My best wishes to everyone for 2020.