Another New Year

Posted on Wednesday 2nd January 2008 at 00:00
Well, 2007 ended and 2008 began.

Perhaps not my most inspired opening line ever, but at least I am writing something, which makes a change these days. Actually what would make a change is if I wrote a blog post that didn't complain about my lack of blog posts for once.

Sadly though there is no getting away from the fact that I didn't post during December '07. Not once. I've been rather unhappy as of late, what with too much work, nowhere near enough sleep and a general feeling that I'm selling my soul for a measly wage and very little time to do the things I enjoy with my life. Every week it seems I get out of work in just enough time to do the housework and go to bed. Sure it is nice having a little money, but right now I feel like my quality of life has fallen through the floor.

So, 2007 in brief then. At the start of the year I was living in a student house with H and J and working 2 days a week for Catering Services at my university whilst working on my degree. Over the summer I moved out and into my first ever apartment, where I now live by myself. I bought all my own furniture and had a great few days and weeks making this place my home.

In September my two day a week job became full time and is now between 5 and 7 days a week, the lesser end being my preferred working hours. To compensate for this, the full time degree became part time and will now take me an extra year to complete.

I didn't holiday at all this year, in order to put the spare cash into moving home, a decision which I still stand by. Unfortunately my increased working hours make me feel that I need one more than ever, which clashes with the terms of my employment, ie that I don't get holiday pay at all.

At the beginning of 2007 I was single and nothing had changed by the end of the year.

So to 2008. I don't expect much to change unfortunately, as until I finish my degree I am trapped in my current situation. The job will continue to be mundane, poorly paid and unnecessarily tiring. What may change though is me ability to cope with this progression into the real world. Right now I'm in a strange place where I can either work or do the things I want to do. This year I want to do both.

Blogging should become a daily activity once again. So should Twittering, answering my emails and keeping on top of my feed list. Some form of exercise would also be helpful, though that has been the case for years and doesn't look like changing.

If I have one goal for the coming 12 months, it is to squeeze into my day what everyone else manages to squeeze in. There are 24 hours in each of the 366 days that 2008 has in store for us, and I really want to get the feeling that I'm not wasting any of them anymore.

If I let the system get the better of me, I shall become nothing more than a worker. Bar tending is not my life. My life is what happens when I leave work each day, and those are the hours I want to learn to embrace.

If there were a God, I'd ask Him to make 2008 the year that I learn to fit it all in.

Happy New Year everyone!

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