This isn’t your standard ‘Happy New Year‘ post, I’m sure you’ve had enough of those and received more New Year wishes than you can handle. This is more like a ‘how we’re feeling‘ post. Perhaps you should take on the role of our therapist and imagine us reclining together on an outrageously comfortable leather sofa in your professional, yet homely, office.
If you are ready with your notebook and pen we are completely relaxed and ready to reveal all of our deepest darkest thoughts.
Looking forward: Looking back
New Year is all about reflecting on the old year and looking forward with excitement to the New one with limitless possibilities and options. It’s not really been like that this time has it? Most of the New Year blog posts and comments we’ve read have dismissed 2020 as the ‘Year from Hell‘ and been pleased to see the back of it.
It’s so easy to be negative at the moment about everything but we strive to make the most of each day and be optimistic. Life is there to be lived isn’t it? Not wished away and filled with regret.
Our attitude is completely different. Yes all of our plans were blown apart and we were forced to change how we lived and where we lived but it was all part of life’s big adventure as far as we were concerned. We were lucky enough to have so many new experiences in 2020 that perhaps we wouldn’t have previously planned. Our race back from Tenerife, many months in sleepy Devon, fabulous Hove housesit, incredible Bridges of London walk, road trip of Shropshire and Staffordshire, return to Aldeburgh, and Canterbury Christmas were just a few highlights. All socially-distanced of course.
Future of our blog
We have absolutely loved writing our blog over the past 5 or 6 years and have met and kept in touch with so many wonderful people through it’s posts and comments. Recently however it has become more difficult to keep publishing posts as life has slowed down considerably due to Covid restrictions and we find ourselves like so many others spending the majority of our time inside.
It would be easy to stop blogging now and just call a halt to JWalking but we are determined not to let the damned Covid make our decisions for us. We have decided that we will continue and make our own decisions based on what we actually want to do. Besides, the blog isn’t just for you, it’s for us as well! It is our online diary of what we’ve been through since we quit our old lives all those years ago.
So we’ll be carrying on for a while at least …………. or perhaps forever.
Life, the Universe and Everything
The biggest impact of the pandemic for us is that we are being forced to consider our travelling and housesitting future. With housesits being cancelled and no new ones being advertised on top of travel restrictions our whole nomadic lifestyle has ground to a bit of a halt. As I’ve already mentioned we are determined not to let Covid make these decisions for us so we will continue with our trusty backpacks until such time as we feel it’s time. Could be this summer.
So how are we feeling?
Frustrated and disappointed that we can’t plan our own lives but that’s nothing compared to what a lot of people are going through so we are also very thankful that we both continue to be fit and healthy. Oh and happy of course. Whatever the world throws at us we strive to see the bright side and look forward, enjoying each day.
So Yes, it is a happy New Year.