Dry January, Blue Monday, end of the world Brexit…come on it is a new year after all, can we start with some optimism for a change and hope that things will actually get better?
New year, new me or so I had hoped…
So, like many people I have started the year with some resolutions that I hope will make me happier, fitter and healthier.
But 3 weeks in and between Brexit, the US shutdown and various stock markets tanking, all I hear is that we are heading for the worst year ever!!
Still I remain positive, the first Brexit vote coincided with my daughter’s birthday but we didn’t let that ruin it, we still ate, drank and celebrated (in a way that ensured I broke nearly all of my new year resolutions in one night).
As a French Citizen living in the UK, I can’t help but think about what’s coming next, do I need to really worry about getting a UK citizenship? Should I get my kids a French passport before this becomes really complicated? Will we have to go into different lanes at the airport every time we go back and forth from France? I mean come on, with the worries I have in my life I don’t need this surely…yes I am being sarcastic…plus seemingly if I go online from today and pay £65 I should be allowed to stay here.
So I could go on about how I feel about the whole thing but you know what there is nothing I can do or say that will change where we are, even more so that even if we did get another vote I couldn’t cast my vote anyway, I am not allowed to, I mean I have only been paying tax in this country for 19 years so why would I get a say!
So as I say I will remain positive, therefore I have decided that I am still going to go on holiday this year, I am still going to spend money in the January sales, I am still going to buy another pair of trainers (because we all know I really need another pair) and mostly I am still going to treat myself to a wee glass of prosecco or two because no matter what the media are saying this is not (yet) the end of the world. So people let’s keep living, smiling and enjoying ourselves as there is no point worrying about the unknown, we’re just going to have to cross that bridge when we come to it (and that bridge might yet be pushed again to another year…)
Looks like most advertisers so far are doing the same in January, with TV advertising revenues predicted to be up 2% in January across the board, so life goes on.
In the meantime, I am definitely NOT doing dry January and off to the French embassy to sort my kids French passports…