Our colum­nist Dawn Nee­som has her say

Woman's Own - - HELLO & WELCOME -

You know when you get a song in your head and you just can’t shift it? To­day mine has been David Bowie’s Changes on a per­ma­nent loop. And why? Be­cause that’s just how ev­ery­thing feels at this time of year. We choose the cold­est, dark­est, grimmest month of the cal­en­dar to con­sider where we’re at and where we want to be. And let’s face it, those two things are hardly ever the same.

Work, fam­i­lies and re­la­tion­ships all come un­der the icy Jan­uary spot­light. Di­vorce rates soar, jobs get changed and fi­nances scru­ti­nised. Scary grown-up stuff in a world that, let’s be hon­est, is al­ready bonkers.

No-one seems to like one an­other any more, the younger gen­er­a­tion are per­ma­nently of­fended by ev­ery­thing and good news is in very short sup­ply. Even gazing at pic­tures of cute cud­dly kit­tens will prob­a­bly get you into trou­ble with the an­i­mal rights mob these days. And as for that cheery ‘Happy New Year, love’ greet­ing. Well, be care­ful who you say it to be­cause call­ing some­one ‘love’ can be seen as sex­u­ally threat­en­ing these days.

I mean, what is that about? Why are we all so up­tight? I don’t re­mem­ber a time like it. I hope it’s just a blip and there’ll be a back­lash when we re­alise what a bunch of nump­ties we’ve be­come. And it is just the UK. I was lucky to have a week­end in Am­s­ter­dam over the hol­i­days. Talk about laid-back. Noth­ing was a prob­lem and ev­ery­one seemed to be smil­ing. Might be the ‘spe­cial in­gre­di­ent’ they serve in their cof­fee shops, but I doubt it. They re­ally did seem happy about the year ahead. So I’m go­ing to take a (non cannabis!) leaf out of the Dutch book and make my main change in 2019 to be more at peace with my­self and with life.

‘I mean, why are we all so up­tight? I don’t re­mem­ber a time like it. I hope it’s just a blip…’

Ring in the new! It’s time to look on the bright side of life

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