“Let all the failures of your past year be your best guide in the New Year!”
Dear Future Self,
It’s been three days since 2018 started and so far, so good. You spent the first three days of your new year working on your blog instead of nursing a hangover, and this year you actually showed your face in the office feeling fresh and ready to work. 2018 is looking productive already!
So how did you bring in 2018?
Well, before all of that productive blogging, you and K decided to bring in 2018 by going to Primrose Hill. You’d wanted to go there at some point in 2017 so on 31st December 2017 you finally did. The view of London is amazing. You can see everything from there including the New Year’s fireworks for free. Everything during New Year’s is so expensive so celebrating it at Primrose Hill was the next best thing.
After grabbing some lovely take-away from Max Orient in Camden, you made that long walk to Primrose Hill to secure your viewing spot and tuck into your now lukewarm Chinese food. Have you been back to Max Orient since? For a large take-away box of all-you-can-fit, plus a drink for only £6, I certainly hope you have!
It didn’t take long for K to finish his food. As for you, you were too cold to finish yours so you kept it in the bag you carried the champagne bottle in. Now it was time to wait.
For three hours, you and K anxiously waited on the footpath for the clock to strike midnight and the fireworks to begin. Do you remember how cold it was? It was bloody freezing mate! The lack of proper winter attire made you want to turn back and go home after two hours but you didn’t. Instead, you played ‘eye spy’ with K and danced on the spot trying your hardest to keep each other warm. I truly hope you never allow yourself to be that cold ever again.
Midnight finally came and the fireworks began. Honestly, they were so beautiful! You could see all the different fireworks display taking place across London right from where you were standing. It looked like art and the London skyline was the canvas. Mind you, it was still cold as hell, but for those few minutes you kind of forgot about that. At least until you tried taking a picture on your phone. You were shivering so much, your gloveless hands struggled to keep steady long enough to take a decent photo. Even when you were lucky enough to take a non-shaky picture, they came out so blurry it wasn’t worth the hassle or the potential frost bite.
The pictures may have turned out better on you fancy Canon M3 camera but it never crossed your mind to bring it. All that money spent on it only to leave it at home at a time when it was most needed. I trust you won’t be making the same mistake again.
The walk back to the station after the fireworks felt even longer than before. Every part of you had stiffened up so much you struggled to walk, but slowly you made it. Unfortunately, the station was closed so you both decided to take a bus to Oxford Circus to get the train from there.
I have to say; that bus ride was probably the best bus ride you’ve had in a long time. Do you remember why?
There was a young man sitting in front of you singing along to the songs playing in his earphones. You’d never seen someone so into their music on public transport before. He was having a Tyrese Sweet Lady Moment, only he sounded more like Tyson than Tyrese and barely knew the words to the song. It was so entertaining to watch. His free spirit and obvious love for Hip Hop and R’n’B made that 20-minute bus ride so fun. After singing (and laughing) through four songs with him, it was time to come off and catch our train.
So that, plus a cheeky BBQ wings and chips meal from Morley’s was how you and K started 2018.
I’m sharing this with you because just like that young man on the bus I hope at some point this year you find your free spirit and have fun no matter where you are. I hope you get to a place where you say and do the things that make you happy regardless of what others might think. I’m sure he knew people thought he was crazy but he didn’t care. And soon after, no one else cared either. They started singing along with him too; a little off beat but that’s beside the point.
I just want you to know that no matter what, bounce to your own rhythm and dance to your own beat. Do things as if no one is watching. I don’t want you to care if other people like you, I just want you to care that you like you. The rest will follow.
Also, I hope you buy better shoes for winter because those slip-on shoes are cute but do nothing to keep your feet warm. Unless you’re drunk then it won’t matter.
Speaking of drunk, you and K never managed to pop the champagne you brought for New Year’s Day 2018. The lack of feeling in your fingers and the cold that was slowly creeping inside of you wouldn’t allow it.
When you do, I wonder what you’ll be celebrating? A job promotion? Your engagement? Buying your first home together? Or maybe celebrating the fact that you’ve achieved all that and more in time for New Year’s 2019? I don’t know. What I do know is that I’m expecting so much from you this year and the years to come. I’m willing to do all that I can to help you and all I ask is that you do not let me down.
Every mistake I make, I hope you learn from. Every promise I make, I hope you fulfil them. And every success I have, I hope you use it to reach higher and never give up.
So find your free spirit and never lose it, do all that you can to bring in the New Year exactly the way you want and never wear ankle socks and plimsolls if you plan to stand outside for 3 hours in the freezing cold. Oh, and make more use of your camera and don’t let K open that champagne bottle without you (even though it’s his).
Till next time.
Stay warm and stay happy.