The challenge of January 2015

It has been a difficult start to 2015 both globally and much closer to home. This blog is a little self-indulgent but is my chance to reflect on January and what impact it has had on me. I also want to use it as an opportunity to thank those people who are around me and have offered endless support.

2015 has started as a year of pain. It has been a violent, brutal and shocking first month. The events in Paris were distressing and I have already blogged about the impact it had on me and the way it made me reassess many of the principles of life that I have just accepted. This morning I woke to the news that another hostage had been murdered. The death of Japanese journalist Kenji Goto was another brutal and devastating event.

The electioneering has also started with less than 100 days before the General Election. I don’t have a lot to say about this other than the discussion seems unfortunately more about personality and presentation than improving people’s lives.

Recent figures have shown some of the world’s biggest businesses getting even bigger.  The wealthy are holding more of the money and parts of the country are losing jobs and struggling. I am dismayed when I go to my two local town centres of Leigh and Atherton. It is a mix of second-hand shops, pound shops, empty shuttered shops and to sum it up we have a pound pub in Atherton.

It has also been a challenging time for people around me who have suffered some shocking and upsetting events. I don’t feel it is right for me to go through them here but what the events have shown is that life is fragile and things can drastically change within 24 hours. It has made me take a long hard look at my life and focus on what I have around me. The recent days have also made me realise that I need to do what I really want to in the time I have.

So January has been a huge challenge for me, for my beliefs and for my resilience. I send my best wishes and thoughts to all those who have gone through traumatic and upsetting times in the last 31 days. I also have to thank all those people around me who have helped me and many will not realise how much they have done and how much I appreciate it. I aim to squeeze everything out of February.

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