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0 Words

Sometimes there's nothing worse than staring at an empty page, not knowing where to start. This is 2017, the blank page where you start with zero words. Last year was an odd one, full of the unexpected. This time I'm making a conscious point to not make any resolutions.

Not long ago, a friend tweeted something that pretty much encapsulated my sentiments about 2016:

So much changed last year. Politics took a turn for the worse. Many of my childhood idols died. I ran five half-marathons last year, albeit not particularly quickly. I got injured far too much. Everything was a bit, well, "meh".

In my opening paragraph I mentioned that I had no resolutions. This time, I've got a few targets to aim towards. Resolutions are such binary things - once transgressed, forever thrown out of the window. So many people fail in achieving their resolutions by the first few days in January and give up hope until the next year. I'd rather take a more pragmatic approach.

All I'd like is a bit less "meh" this year. Whether that's getting over my injuries, being a bit more structured in my running or worrying less, I just want to try and change my approach to some aspects of life. I'd like to get past the fifty ParkRun milestone, perhaps finish a few half-marathons a minute or two quicker than last year, feel like I've made some progress with some other personal projects. It all sounds a bit vague, but the emphasis is on putting myself in a better place than I was, on progression. I've taken some steps already and things look encouraging.

So as I get to the end of this post, all that remains is to be hopeful. I don't think I'm alone in saying that 2016 probably wasn't the greatest for most. With a bit of hope, I shall keep plodding on this year and achieve some of those goals - and I hope you're able to do the same. We set ourselves such high expectations with resolutions that it's easy to become disillusioned when we break them. I hope you achieve some goals and banish the "meh" from your life too.
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