That time of year isn’t it. Why is 23:59 on 31st Dec any different to 23:59 any other day? Well an artificial man made thing to do with calendars that Julius Caesar had a hand in along with Pope Gregory XIII. Clearly not a superstitious man. I was musing on this on one of Mrs F’s and my walks this holiday period saying to me that it would make more sense if our calendar was aligned to the solstice and that marked the turning of the year – why it is 10 days later seems odd to me. Of course the adoption in the UK in 1750 meant my forebears lost 11 days when the date jumped. Also it partly explains the stupid UK tax year start date – it had until then historically been Lady Day in March but jumped the 11 days into April, there’s another added day for some reason – anyway hence 6th April. Frankly all nuts.
Back to 23:59:59 31st Dec 2016 then. There we all were, drinks in hand – Horlicks in my case and a Hot Chocolate for Mrs F – how the big times roll hey?! And the next second… 23:59:59 – WHAT!!! Was this some bizarre time warp was 2016 never going to end? Was it wanting to claim another famous victim before it finally went, would 2017 ever come. Then 00:00:00. Phew!!!
So did you notice the leap second? Well 2016 was a second longer than most years as we have to adjust our super accurate physics derived atomic frequency driven reference clocks as the old earth is just so darn slow, and slowing down hence the need for the extra second. What did you do with yours?
2016 – not a year I frankly look back on with much love. I’ve not been well through a lot of it – my first ever need for surgery for example. My Ménière‘s Disease issues. Then the widespread culling of celebrities starting with Bowie (Lemmy was actually just in 2015) and end with George Michael. Then politically. I won’t go on about it as I’m still trying to come to terms with living in a country where I seem at complete odds with the majority of the population now it seems. Where did the country I thought I knew go? Well in June it took a massive step to the right and I’m not comfortable with it at all. But we weren’t alone as USA seemingly followed suit and now it seems you can dictate policy for the largest and most powerful democracy in the world in 140 character tweets. To say I’m sad is an gross understatement.
On a personal note somethings have been good this year – my studies have gone well and I secured the placement I wanting, even if at times that been a challenge and been frustrating.
Let’s look forward then. 2017 will hopefully see me qualify as a counsellor, at least on the course and exam even if I don’t have the requisite hours this year. However in working in placement and talking to many others it does seem like there is precious little chance of paid employment. That was my initial plan a big career change. I can’t see that happening now. I do see myself continuing to work in the voluntary sector, thereby exacerbating the issue of no paid employment but using my skills for good for those that can’t afford the £40 a week and upwards that private therapy with an experienced counsellor would cost them.
With a busy schedule of work, study, placement, recovery stuff etc. I’ll not make any outlandish resolutions I know I’ll fail to keep but I do hope to do some more stuff musically this year and some other fun stuff too. First off we have Son-of-Furtheron’s PhD graduation to attend later this month. I really impressed myself sorting out the cheapest ticket option on the train to get there – that possibly should entitle me to some form of honorary award – seriously why is it that so difficult!