It's never too late to re-write your story
It's the final day of 2017 and I have to say that this year has been incredible. 2016 was a really weird year (for one so many famous actors, actresses and entertainers passed away). For me it started with something unbelievably painful. Something I've never mentioned on here or on social media but looking back now, something which at the time felt suffocating and like there would never be a way out, really has changed my life for the better. It's given the ability to realise that it's never too late to change your story.
If you follow me on Instagram you'll know I often talk about "my story" a lot. When I say "my story" I'm not suggesting that I'm going to get a book deal any time soon or that my life will be turned into a film. What I actually mean is the story I tell. You know when you meet people at a party or your parents tell their friends about you - what is it that you say about yourself? Or, what do others say about you and what you're doing?
My story used to be that I was a solicitor. I worked in commercial, long hours in the City was well paid and that was about it. I worked long hours. Not to get a promotion or to close a deal but I worked hard all the time, just because everyone else did, it was expected. Without realising it my life had become all about work. I stopped making plans with my friends because I hated bailing at the last minute. I hated going on holiday because it meant trying to juggle work without being there, constantly being contactable (I vividly remember being called about a case when I was getting ready to go to a family wedding). Without realising I had become absorbed in a bubble of work, the 10pm finishes seemed reasonable compared to the 1am finishes and 1am was better than an all-nighter. One day I realised that this wasn't the story I wanted, I didn't want to just make money and do my job, I wanted to live.
One day I realised that this wasn't the story I wanted
I remember exactly when it happened and how I felt. I was sat at my desk, in a window seat (when I got my first legal job after university I was right in the middle of the building and could barely see daylight!) I looked out of the window and thought, is this it? I couldn't believe that the life I was living was so boring and uninspiring. I had worked SO hard to get there, made numerous sacrifices but felt very uninspired and definitely not ready to spend another 40+ years until retirement doing the same thing.
By the end of the week I had started looking for a new job and had booked a trip to climb Kilimanjaro!
I decided to make a change and this year has been jam-packed! At the start of this year I shared this realisation on Instagram and it seemed to really resonate:
My 2017 has been a little unexpected but amazing: my highlights have to be Climbing Snowdon, Running the London Marathon, working with Vitality on their campain to get more women into sport and of course meeting Jessica Ennis-Hill, training to become a PT and when Gatbsy got a centre-page feature in a national magazine. Here they are in pictures:
This blog has created some of my favourite moments of the year whilst getting the opportunity to work with some of my favourite brands and fulfil my ambition to run the London Marathon two recent highlights has been getting incredible feedback from people and making a difference.
Everything I achieved I did so whilst working hard in my day job as a solicitor and buying a new house. Not to mention the ski holiday to France, a Great French Adventure and a few days in Bamburgh.
"One day I realised that if my life was a book my story was so boring that even I wouldn't want to read it, so I changed it"
So, if you're reading this and you'd love to do more but excuses are popping into your head as to why you can't, 'you don't have time, or money, you're not fit enough or you're too old, or too busy', try looking for a solution. You definitely do have enough time and money: running and walking are free and it's just a case of juggling things around to make it work. Shift your priorities from endless nights watching TV to planning adventures and making them happen. Start small, book things in the diary so that you have a fixed goal and you don't let time pass you by and re-write your story. You don't have to change the whole book but perhaps just write a few new chapters.
Please do let me know your highlights of 2017 and what you have planned for next year in the comments below.
Wishing you health and happiness for 2018.
Love Lucy x