Our columnist Dawn Neesom has her say
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