Thursday, January 19, 2017

Best stuff of 2016

2016 was a big year for many many reasons.  I know I'm a bit late but I'm going to list some of the stuff I loved most last year.

In no particular order (even though I've numbered them)

1 - Iceland - I'd never been to Iceland before.  It's an amazing place.  Reykjavik is an amazing city, the buildings are brilliant, the sky over Iceland is amazing, the landscape is amazing, the Blue Lagoon is brilliant.  I just loved it.  It's ridiculously expensive, especially now that the UK is a banana  republic and the pound is worth fuck all but I really want to go back.  I was half thinking about moving there.

2 - Star Wars films - The Force Awakens was an emotional moment for me at the end of 2015 and Rogue One was just as good this Christmas.  My obsessions at the age of 40 are the same as my obsessions at the age of 4.  It's sad but at least I'm consistent.

3 - Tenerife - for a long time I hated the sun but now I like the sun again.  Also whales.  Like Iceland. Mount Teide, another volcanic landscape, is amazing.

4 - Blackstar by David Bowie.  Bowie released one of his best records just before he died.  A great bit of music that is worth listening to.

5 - Ocean Beach by the Red House Painters.  I had never really listened to them and I picked up this record.  Great.

6 - getting paid and not working crazy hours

There was more good stuff too.  Also bad stuff but I'm going with the PMA today

This blog is now 12 years old

I started writing this blog in Coventry in 2005.  I am now writing it in Glasgow in 2017.  I am older and the world has changed in some ways.  It's always difficult to say if things are better or worse.  Back then we had terrorism in London and a government that was doing things I don't like.  Right now we still have a government doing things I don't like.

The more things change, the more they stay the same.

In 12 years I have managed to do a lot of stuff.  In 1999 or 2000 I decided that I wanted to do some stuff and now I have almost done everything on that list.  I do not see myself as career orientated but I have managed to get myself where I want to be.  Beyond that, I have found a great partner and I've been with her for a couple of years now.  I hope that we will achieve a lot of other stuff together in the future.

I was talking with my partner last night.  We both wish we were 25 physically but we both enjoy the stuff that maturity brings you.  Experience helps you deal with life.  Life does get better in a lot of ways when you get older, if you are lucky.  As always I see myself as lucky.

Sometimes one contemplates the future.  We look at our parents and we see what has happened to our parents and we are scared.  We don't want the same stuff to happen to us but we know it might.  It is important to remember that our parents are a lot older than us and that our futures, if we are lucky, may not be written in our genes.  I don't think I would ever want to know my future.  If a blood test could predict my future I would not want that blood test.  There can be a freedom in not knowing the future.

Now that I'm older I like the sun more.  I crave daylight and sun.  I crave green places and the outdoors.  I like watching the sea.  Sometimes I even like rain.  In Scotland we never get much sun.  I am lucky that I have been able to see so much of the world.  I hope that stupid politicians do not stop the younger generations from seeing as much of the world as I have.

Next week I'm going to see some sun.  If I'm lucky I might even see some whales.