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Kerri McLean

Why I resolve to keep appreciating the lovely little things in life this new year

Kerry McLean


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 Kerry’s new year’s resolutions include exploring more of our own local beauty spots like Downhill on the north coast

Kerry’s new year’s resolutions include exploring more of our own local beauty spots like Downhill on the north coast

Kerry’s new year’s resolutions include exploring more of our own local beauty spots like Downhill on the north coast

I'm not into big nights out. I used to be when I was younger, when I'd have happily danced the night away and continued through until lunchtime the next day, given half a chance. But age and having three children who were all bad sleepers as babies has knackered me and I have to confess I'm happier dancing around the kitchen in my jammies than getting dolled up for a night out on the tiles. Which is why I surprised myself this New Year's Eve by feeling a little downhearted at the thought of not being able to get out and about to celebrate the start of a brand new, hopefully much improved, year.

I think it's the stubborn part of me that was annoyed, the bit that doesn't like being told what to do. Had this year been normal, going out to bring in the New Year would have been my idea of hell - all that queueing at a bar, dancing in high heels until your feet are blistered and waiting in the freezing cold for hours for a taxi that never turns up. Rational me stopped choosing that as an option many moons ago but stubborn me hates the thought of my options being narrowed and the decision on how to celebrate being taken out of my hands, even when I know that decision is the right and safe choice and made for very good reason.

The last year has coloured my New Year's resolutions. Normally I'll come up with a fairly standard list in the days before January 1, promising myself that I'll lose weight, learn a new language and become a more considerate soul.


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