I have made a special journal for my 2017-2018 review and preview. It’s a junk journal of old pieces of paper and card. Scraps that had been left in a pile somewhere, gathering dust and awaiting a fate worse than glue sticks. And like those forgotten scrapbook elements, I have resurrected the memories of the past year.
Having set the astro ground rules in the previous posts it is time to get going with the review. It is time to take a look at what I got up to in the last 12 months. One good thing about social media is that it gives us a treasure trove of memories to trawl through. All my photos are stored in the Mac photo app. All I have to do is open it up and look back.
It is a surprise how much I have done and what I have achieved. FaceBook and Instagram help me out too. And although some of the memories they resurrect are not easy to go over again I must try and learn from them. There is no point dwelling on past events. No amount of wishing can change the past. Well, not until the time machine is fully functional.
I find myself in a similar position to exactly 12 months ago. I am doing the same work. I am not having the same relationships. I am living in the same place. I am worried about the future. I am dwelling on the past. I am becoming the living example of a song by Morrissey (bless him).
I find it far too easy to see the negatives. Yet in this review process, I can see the positives. I am still working creatively. I have a place to live. I am healthy and have a future. I can remember the past, with its sad and happy memories. And what’s wrong with the music of Morrissey anyway?
Ok, I am not in that sort of relationship with anyone, but I have realised I don’t need that to be happy. One of the main things I have learnt in the past year is that I am complete. Anything else is a bonus, a blessing. (Yes, I would like to be blessed, but don’t need it.) It’s funny that since I realised that, I have come out of my introverted shell a little. I am talking to people more. I am developing friendships. I am also getting off topic a little but thought I’d give you a little TMI to boost the word count.
I have reviewed the past 12 months. My little journal has notes and pics and other scribblings. Now, it’s time to pick out a few themes, to see if there is anything more I can learn. More of that in day six.