I was very taken this year by Tim Minchin’s speech made to accept his honorary Doctorate from the University of Western Australia. Okay – so it wasn’t in 2016 – but I first saw it in 2016 – so that counts in my book! I found it funny and thought provoking – so much so that I was tempted to suggest all my patients watch it before they saw me – maybe they wouldn’t need to see a Clinical Psychologist if they just followed his rules for life. Do watch it if you have not seen it before………………. (I hope my link works)
– but if not just Google it.
There has been much to worry about in 2016 – but in this blog I am going to follow (fellow runner) Tim’s Point number 7:
Define Yourself By What You Love
I’ve found myself doing this thing a bit recently, where, if someone asks me what sort of music I like, I say “well I don’t listen to the radio because pop lyrics annoy me”. Or if someone asks me what food I like, I say “I think truffle oil is overused and slightly obnoxious”. And I see it all the time online, people whose idea of being part of a subculture is to hate Coldplay or football or feminists or the Liberal Party. We have tendency to define ourselves in opposition to stuff; as a comedian, I make a living out of it. But try to also express your passion for things you love. Be demonstrative and generous in your praise of those you admire. Send thank-you cards and give standing ovations. Be pro-stuff, not just anti-stuff.
This is what I have loved in 2016:
- Celebrating my 30th wedding anniversary – 30 years with David – how did we get to be so old?? We’ve done well boy………………..
- Just being able to run – the Brighton Marathon of course – and the Sussex Grand Prix – but really just running outside in the heat, and the cold, and the rain – on streets and trails and even over the odd stile – on my own or with friends.
- Watching Rosie and Sam grow up into their own people.
- Being the support team – with Julie – for David, John, Sam and Lewis – whilst they walked the 100km of the Trailwalker – amazing to watch them get through this gruelling experience.
- Friendship – and if you are reading this – count yourself in there.
- My cats.
- The most astounding art gallery I have even been lucky enough to visit – The Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASSMOCA) – if you ever find yourself in North Adams – go there – you will not be disappointed!
- David Bowie – so sad to hear about his death in January 2016 – but thank you for the reminder about his wonderful music that has punctuated my life and gives me my running track of the year…………….Heroes – what else?
- Meeting Eddie Izzard (another runner).
- Did I mention running? This time with the Heathfield Road Runners!
Thank you to everyone who has been part of my 2016 – and here is to an action packed 2017!!