Hope Recipes day 1

Hello world. This is my first post of 2020 and I hope you will enjoy reading my blog.

The aim of my blog is to look at what hope means and how to remain hopeful.

So yesterday I had a huge internal dilemma as to whether to see the Sydney fireworks on my own or be with my family at the start of the new decade. I have spent much of my life doing things alone and here was one more example. I battled with trying to change the mould. I could be among those I loved.

I wrestled with what I really wanted. I wanted my family with me. I was very conflicted. But I carefully considered how I would feel if I missed out on a moment of history.

I decided that the fireworks were a once in a lifetime moment. It was the start of a new decade. I went with trepidation alone. However I soon got talking to people from Norway, Adelaide, Japan, Italy and South Korea.

The atmosphere was wonderful. As the furnace heat of the day dissipated, excitement grew and I let my 2019 go. I had thankfully found a lovely companion who was also alone.

So my hope recipe for 1st January is to be brave and do things on your own. Other people are kind and welcoming. One couple kindly guarded my belongings.

The second ingredient was to allow myself permission to do what I really wanted and not what I felt I should do. I thought long and hard about my decision, but it was the right one.

The third ingredient was to embrace the moment. I didn’t have a fabulous camera, so I asked people to email me their photos. Maybe they will, maybe they won’t. But I relaxed and enjoyed the arrays around me; sparkling gondolas, the harbour bathed in hues of colour, breathing in the sounds, sights and smells of the start of a new decade.

And finally. I allowed myself to be silly. At one point I thought some people were making fun of me as I danced by the wire and sang and waved my coke bottle in the air. But actually I think they were just laughing with me, sharing my joy and enjoying the moment too. I have spent too much of my life caring what others think.

So there are some ingredients for a hopeful day. I am going to post every day. I’d love to have your comments.

Thanks for reading and a hopeful New Year to you all Hope X

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