Blink and you’ve missed it – 2019 has gone. I’d never been the type to make New Years’ Resolutions – they meant nothing and most of the time people had given up by mid-January. However, that all changed when I decided to make this year the greatest year of my life so far, and it has been beautifully, chaotically, great. I’m not sure how I’m going to top it, but another year, another mission, so here goes…
With the level of independence this year has given me, comes scope for great adventure in 2020. The world is my oyster, as they say. The problem is the way things stand, the adventurous times will consist of me freezing my ass off and being soaked to the bone thanks to my inability to put a coat on. 2019 had definitely been the year of the drowned rat with frostbite. So, if anyone knows of a retailer of cripple-friendly coats that would enable me to be seen in the dark, then give me a shout. And whilst we’re on the topic of practical life hacks in the pursuit of independence, I really need to be able to chop my own food which means I’m on the hunt for a cripple-friendly knife too.
Speaking of food, I’d like a healthier relationship with it; in fact, I’d like to be healthier in general. There we have it – the old chestnut. I need to move more, walk more, swim more and bike more, especially considering the challenge I’ve set myself. Last year was the year of the drowned rat with frostbite who threw a Masquerade Ball and completed a sponsored walk in aid of Lincoln Drill Hall. This year will be the year of the sponsored cycle. The current state of play is that I don’t have a trike, nor can I ride one, but I pledge to get one, learn to ride it and cycle from Skegness to Lincoln to do my bit to keep the Drill Hall doors open.
It goes without saying that my major goal is to continue to do what I’m already doing. I count myself beyond lucky to have a platform that allows me to do what I love which in a nutshell is communicating for disability integration. Written Wheel has been the catalyst for change in my life and I wholeheartedly believe it can do the same for others. Having bagged my first client at the end of last month, I know exciting times are ahead with regards to my work with Sensory Traveller and hopefully many more. 2020 is the year of the cycling businesswoman who can put her own coat on. This leads me nicely on to what an honour it was to expand that platform when I was offered the position of Lincolnshire Young Voices Co-Chair. I hope I do it justice and inspire change throughout the County.
I ain’t gonna lie, all the above sounds fabulous, but I’d quite like to make it to the end of the year without having rocked in the corner for most of it. As my friend pointed out the other day, 2019 has been a fantastic year, but my blood pressure has probably had somewhat of a rocky time. What comes with self-discovery is an increased awareness of how crazy you’re capable of becoming. So yeah, I’m going to look after my marbles. I won’t bore you by telling you how I envisage this happening, but huge aspects of that are to stay present and put down my phone to embrace the moments in life, to enjoy those moments with the gorgeous bunch of people you are and to write more poetry in order to be less of a grinch!
When I was thinking about what to put on the agenda for this year, I asked for suggestions. What came back was words of wisdom from my resident philosopher who has countless ways of telling me to dance in the rain, but what sums up my mission for the year is the reply I received from my friend who put me on this path to begin with:
“Reach for the moon because even if you fail you land among the stars”.
May 2020 be our best year yet…