It’s hard to get back into gear at this time of year isn’t it? Even if we feel fired up by our new year’s resolutions or we’ve successfully been to the gym a few times, the dark, damp, cold days, the rest of winter stretching ahead and the thought of a whole year looming in front of us, full of tiresome commitments can make it very difficult to feel enthusiastic.
Yes, I know you were hoping to relax and not think about work BUT this is the perfect time to consider what you really want from life. Away from the usual routine we can reflect, strategize and begin to implement a new career which suits us so that, come the new year, we are ready to go.
I caught the second half of a song I had completely forgotten about the other day and was so excited to be reminded of it that I actually downloaded it. It’s playing in my head as I write and making me feel very jolly.
It’s interesting at this time of year how easily we all start to slough off our work personas and begin thinking about spending a week or two with our families, safe in the knowledge that everyone else is doing the same. It’s a time a of year when it is reasonable to unavailable, there’s nothing much going on and no one expects particularly urgent results.
Even after all these years, I’m still a bit shocked when I get abusive messages on social media platforms. I mean, we all know it happens but I very rarely post anything very contentious and the level of fury always seems out of proportion to the issue at hand.
Last year marked the centenary of (some) women obtaining the vote and that was a great landmark, though it would be another 10 years before women got the vote on equal terms to men. December this year, however, marks the anniversary of women doing more than just voting. 1919 saw the enactment of the Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act – an astonishingly far-reaching piece of legislation, though not one that produced instant results it must be said.