New year new you – NO!

Now there’s a phrase that’s branded about a lot at this time of year I have no idea who first coined the phrase but I hate it… I shall explain why and start by being a little pedantic!

First off lets get this straight it is impossible to create a new you at new year or any other time. Until science evolves to the point where we can clone humans this is fundamentally impossible. Yea bits of us can replaced – I have the cornea of a very kind hearted individual who agreed to be an organ and tissue donor upon their passing.

Here’s my next issue God created you PERFECT! Whatever quirks or traits you have where planned by God. You are a beautiful creation the idea of ditching all that beauty and perfection from God to create a new you just does not compute in my brain. God loves you infinitely the way you are and created you to be you and no one else. 

Then there is the issue of chronic illness for people like me there is no cure (or hope of a cure) my body is the body I was born with and no amount of diet changes or exercise will make that body function normally. 

That’s just a tiny taste of why The phrase grates on me so much!

So new year new you can do one!

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Always a bridesmaid never a bride?

For all those single ladies pining for Mr Right!

God in my living...

Now I know some people will say I cannot possibly comment on singleness as I am one of the married’s BUT I was once single, and happy! Yes you too can be single and happy!

I know that marriage is good and I’m not anti marriage preaching but I am “pro love being single!”

We do not find fulfilment in marriage but in Christ. He is the only man that we should idolise (in a Holy, non crazy, awesomeness way). All worldly blokes will let you down – sorry Jon – but he would never willingly want to let me down but we’re humans. I will let him down, he’ll let me down, but it’s ok coz God is refining us and we’re both saved!

So, are you single? Do you pine for Mr Right Holy Man? Are you bored of waiting? Maybe Mr Wrong is better than no Mr…

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Day 2 – The Simple Things in Life *

*Or NOT!

Today I am inspired by chatting to someone who has  only in the last 2 years become visually impaired. Meeting a relative newbie at the start of learning to live life independently with a sever visual impairment has made me think of all the little adaptations and things i do in a strange way without even thinking about it.

Take for example making a cup of coffee and carrying it over to your faviourte spot on the sofa to curl up and watch TOWIE (or whatever the latest TV craze is).  How do you get that boiling water from the kettle into the cup? Let alone carry the cup of hot coffee from the kitchen to the sofa around relatives, friends and animals without ending up wearing it?

The bottom line is you don’t I regularly spill boiling water on my hand when I make a hot drink, it does not scold me because by the time i have said a naughty word and waved my hand in the air the water is at a much cooler temperature. On Teaspoon going from jar to cup I always spill coffee and sugar. Not to mention just the other day I tripped over a shoe at a friend’s house and promptly redecorated her hallway with my cup of tea.

My mum rang me earlier today to tell me she had polished her shoes with fly killer instead of shoe polish, you find a can in the cupboard how do you know which one is which? The reality is if it’s not where YOU ALWAYS leave it then mishaps happen. In the past I have been washing my hair and accidentally used sun cream instead of shampoo which is a horrible experience because of the greasy nature of sun cream but it happens.

Yesterday I realised how lucky I am that I don’t have any food allergies, I was buying cake for a friend who does and it suddenly occurred to me that if I had been on my own I would have had no clue which cake would make her ill and which cake would be safe.

Best before dates… Need I really explain?

Think about walking down to your local corner shop, now imagine that with your eyes closed, does the thought of walking to the shop with your yes shut scare you? Then add into the mix all the things you could encounter on your journey; Pedestrians, cyclists, traffic, road works, pot holes, chewing gum, overhead branches, children, birds, wheel bins, lampposts, postboxes… There where some shocking statistics released a few years ago that 8 out of 10 blind people never leave the house alone due to fear and lack of confidence if you couldn’t see where you were going would you make it to work on time?

This is a topic I have written about before I realise both here (You know your a blind person when…) and on the BBC Ouch Website (How to **** in the woods) but the point still remains, things I do every day are different to that of a sighted person, for example right now writing this very post I am not poking at the keyboard or my computer screen, I like to write with my eyes shut and without and screen reader software so its just me and my fingers dancing across the keyboard. I type at my fastest when I  and not looking or listening to anything else and its something I really enjoy having the time to do on occasion. Of course when it comes to proof reading and editing my writing I do look at the screen but then still miss half my typos anyway! Sorry blogosphere your just going to have to put up with me writing utter rubbish that is not grammatically correct!

 

Day 1 – I’m Not Giving Up for Lent!

So we have seen another Shrove Tuesday (Pancake Day) go flying by for another year. personally the pancakes are always more of an appeal than valentines day as I’ve been single and bitter for a while now.

So today is obviously Ash Wednesday when christians traditionally vow to give something up for lent. Lent lasts 40 days the list of things I have tried and failed to give up in the past includes; Carrier bags, chewing gum and caffeine.

I’m not going to lie and fluff it up but every year I totally fail in my efforts, I forget my bag for life, or turned up to uni half dead with a cold and totally forgot to order decaf – I think he longest my efforts of giving stuff up have ever lasted is about a week which is lets face it pretty pathetic.

So this year I’m trying something different, I’m going to try and write a blog post every day for the next 40 days.

The way I see it Lent is a commitment to change, whatever a person decides to give up its a challenge and something difficult. So I’m turning the tables and taking something up for lent, again I’m making a commitment, it will be challenging and difficult for me to come up with and plan a blog post every day.

Other ideas I’ve seen around the internet are things like donating money to charity every time you buy a newspaper for the next 40 days or walking to the corner shop instead of using the car – its not always about giving something up.

So is there something you want me to blog about, an issue that’s on your heart? A particular scripture that sums up the period of lent for you? or a challenge for me to make an interesting blog about something particularly boring? Get in touch and I’ll try and write about it*

*Disclaimer this does not guarantee I will accept suggestions/challenges!