NEW YEAR, NEW START
It’s time to emerge from the cocoon that I’ve wrapped myself in over the Christmas period. That cocoon has mostly been made out of roast dinners, quiz shows and the magic that is the Italian Christmas cake called pandoro, layered over buttered bread, hot tea and my mother’s coddling, so I don’t expect to break out of it reborn as a sparkling butterfly. I do hope airlines factor in holiday weight on flights following December 25.
I’ve been in the UK, where the press, when not speculating about the lives of the royal family, loves to report on every new ‘study’ available. Last week’s one revealed the depressing advice women say they would give to their younger selves, which is mostly about the importance of staying slim. I had thought it would be the opposite – ‘stop worrying and enjoy your life’ type stuff. One of the study’s respondents said she had spent her prime years overweight, which is perhaps not ideal, but telling her younger self to spend her prime years constantly worrying about being thin enough may be an even worse fate. (In contrast, the previous week’s study had revealed Brits are spending less on shampoo, as they apparently don’t wash their hair as often as before. Carpe diem.)
As we find ourselves in that funny spot in the year, creeping towards a new one while reflecting on the old one, many of us may be looking for a few tips on how to navigate the next 12 months, and since giving advice to yourself may be fraught with selfish motives (also known as resolutions), there are other sources to seek out, namely the eternal Shelley von Strunckel, who delivers her bumper annual predictions on pages 32-43. If you only read one horoscope in the next 12 months, make it this one.
You fellow readers, too, are full of ideas for a fruitful 2017, sharing your plans and hopes for the new year in an extra-special Storytellers on page 12.
My advice to you? Stop worrying, enjoy life, and keep on shampooing.