In 2018 I got to see new parts of the world. In 2019 I want to push that further. We are fortunate enough to live in an age when international travel is attainable. It might be expensive but it is possible if it is something that you want. Travel makes me feel good and it fills both my head and my heart with stories. If the opportunity is there then I am here for it. I’m already making plans for Spain and America. Let’s see what else I can fit in.
I am fortunate enough to have a wide selection of friends. I’m looking forward to getting back to improv in mid-January and playing about with those goons. I’m also going to be better at communicating with people. I have a tendency to isolate but there’s always the other side, when I emerge and need a harsh cuddle. I will keep those people close.
I have a whole league of things I would like to get done this year. Amongst them are podcast ideas, novels, albums, sketches, documentaries… You’ll have to stay tuned to witness it all but it’s a nice way of thinking of the new year, that I have so much to get done still and feel so positive about it.
I had piano lessons when I was a kid (shout out to Mrs Udaman) and now I wish I had stuck at it and got some grades under my belt. I’m slowly building those muscles up and getting somewhere. It’s still clunky and I seem to stick to playing everything in the first position and not even considering inversions but I can sense the progress. I’ve also taken the pressure off myself to be a prodigy and just enjoy playing.
I worked hard in 2018 to be a physically healthier version of myself. This meant trying to visit the gym at least twelve times a month, eating better and trying not to turn to alcohol as a crutch. I’m some of the way there. I lost ten pounds this year through exercise and intermittent fasting and feel much better in myself as a result. In 2019 I would like to continue to exercise, for both my physical and mental health, and maybe cut down on the cigarettes I smoke when I’ve had a couple of mojitos.
One of my favourite things is visiting the cinema. With Oscar season upon us, I wanted to give myself the best chance of seeing films like The Favourite and Mary, Queen of Scots. I’ve made a pledge to give the Odeon Limitless card a go. There is no need for these cinema visits to be with company, although obviously that is nice, especially if there’s kissing involved. I’m happy to go and see films just because I want to go and see them. I’ll go alone with no qualms. The experience of the cinema cannot be matched by a scrappy copy with Chinese subtitles shot on a phone at the back of the room.