2016 has been … weird. I’m sure many would agree that 2016 has made you scratch your head and say, ‘huh?’, on more than one occasion. We’ve had Brexit and Trump winning the US presidential election which I was actually in America to witness and not to mention all the celebrity deaths that have occurred this year. With the end of the year approaching fast this is a time to reflect on all this and, for me, 2016 has been a busy 366 days.
In the last few months alone I have holidayed in Newcastle and New York, run a half marathon, two 5ks (one while I was in NY!), a 6k and a one mile, 5k and 10k all in the same day wearing a Santa suit (Because, why not?!) and taken up driving lessons. I applied for and got a place in the London Marathon through the Dogs Trust, raised over a third of the £1800 target, organised a Crossfit competition and fed 36 colleagues their Christmas dinner after I offered to help with our work Christmas party. Oh, and I started this blog of course.
The latest in this long line of achievements is the fact that I also managed to study for and pass my driving theory test all while working full time, training myself and helping a friend with their training!
I get a lot of questions about how or why I take on so much and unfortunately the answer isn’t one of those dreamy quotes that inspires others to do the same. There are two reasons why i do this to myself. I like a challenge because if I don’t have something to focus on I could simply … stop. Stop going out, stop stepping outside my comfort zone, stop talking to people, stop seeing friends. Challenging myself makes me sociable. It makes me live my life because I have no choice not to.
I’m also an overthinker. Just ask my boyfriend. When I over think I talk too much about what’s on my mind playing a scenario over and over verbally until he has to say, “Claire, you’re repeating yourself now”. I can’t help it. Someone mentions something in passing and I’m still playing it out an hour later. A manager says they need to see me at work? Until we can meet I’m racking my brain thinking about all the possible bad things it could be until we get to meet and it turns out to be nothing much at all.
Having a lot going on stops some of this. It makes me think in small pockets about several things rather than focusing on one event all. The. Time. I have, what can sometimes be, a stressful job which is my biggest source of overthinking so having so many things going on outside of this allows me to go home and focus on me.
So, what’s in line for next year? 2017 is looking to be just as busy as the later stages of this year with the London and Berlin marathons, a half marathon in Brighton, lots more fundraising to do and the busiest few months in my job coming up.
In the words of Marilyn Monroe, ‘Fear is stupid. So are regrets’. 2017? Bring it on.