#2 – Life Plans
‘Life is what happens to us while we are making other plans.’ (Allen Saunders)
The clocks go back in October and don’t go forward again until March and whilst it’s easy, and terribly British, to spend at least 5 months of the year complaining about the weather and pining for the sun, it’s also a monumental waste of time.
During the bleakest months commercial breaks on our screens are inundated with images of glorious sandy beaches, azure seas and happy kids bombing into pristine pools, tapping in to our natural desire to escape the UK for sunnier climes. Planning a holiday, or a trip of any kind, can be a valuable weapon in your arsenal when fighting off the winter blues and just the knowledge that there is a light at the end of the tunnel, whether in the form of a beach holiday, a city break, or a few days at Center Parcs, can help to put some pep in your step. But, whilst holidays and short breaks will, assuredly, form some of the highlights of your year, if you spend half the year looking forward to a few short weeks in the sun, the daily grind will undoubtedly become a heavy burden. So, whilst booking your next holiday, also take the time to plan things you can enjoy now, in any weather. Join a gym, start a new hobby, visit one of the gems of the National Trust, buy tickets to the theatre. Do whatever it takes to keep your spare time filled with activities that don’t cease the moment the temperature plummets. Just as a watched pot never boils, your holiday will come around a whole lot faster if you stop waiting for it.