A new year…a new decade, a good time for reflection.
Professionally, reflection is an important part of my self-development as a healthcare practitioner. It is something I dreaded as a student osteopath because I was never really sure what was required of me. Now fully qualified, I really enjoy the process and feel free to indulge myself as I can set my own schedule and directly see the benefits not only to my patients but to me as a therapist.
On a personal level, I have always enjoyed self-reflection, especially as a new year approaches. It may well be part of my Scottish heritage as growing up, the dawning of a new year was a time to make changes, let go of the past and move forward onto future plans with new hope. Of course, the transitions were always well lubricated on both sides of the Bells and washed down by a few ‘Hair of the dog’s‘ in the following days.
I do miss being in Scotland for Hogmonay…bringing in the bells, going ‘first footing’, always plenty of parties on New Years Day and of course, the people. Still a bit of a traditionalist in some ways, I always make sure and ‘let the old year out and the new one in’ straight after kissing everyone and wishing them Happy New Year. Standing at the door, I take a few moments to remember our absent family and friends and raise a glass to them and a smile.
January 2009 saw the passing of a great musician and one of my personal favourites, the legend John Martyn. For those that do not know his work, here are a couple of links for you to check out. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LOi_wxypeGc (shows him in his youth with the cherubic face and angels voice) and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qR2uSWmlSHI (shows beautiful visuals with one of his classics playing) I hope you enjoy them.
What a successful year 2009 has been with their fifth studio album and a sell out tour for my favourite band The Prodigy! I went to see them play at Brixton Academy and my only disappointment was that I could not take my daughters with me as it is an 18+ venue. After the smaller venues, the band played a massive arena tour and are still gigging round the world finishing at a mammoth venue in Milton Keynes Bowl in July…which we all have tickets for of course;-) Other bands I have enjoyed this year include Florence and the Machine – she sort of reminds me of one of my idols Siouxsie Sioux; The Dead Weather and of course the success of Rage Against the Machine becoming the UK Christmas No. 1 and toppling the X Factor winner…priceless!
February 2009 saw a sporting hero of mine retire, Joe Calzaghe. Joe had an amazing career and retired as Britains only undefeated world champion boxer with a record of 46-0, 32 by TKO. He was also the longest reigning world champion boxer of the modern era and deserves to be celebrated as one of the best British sportsmen of his time. I was surprised to see him take up ballroom dancing on Strictly but quite glad that his stay in the show was relatively short.
I was delighted to see lots of progress in the world of women’s combat sports in 2009 with women boxers being approved to participate in 2012 Olympics; Lucia Rijker, one of my favourite women fighters, was deservedly voted into the world boxing Hall of Fame and we saw the first MMA show with a female bout as the headline. When I first became involved with the sport of womens boxing back in the 90’s these days seemed so far away. It is a pleasure to see how far women have succeeded in being taken seriously in this arena.
There is still work to be done however. I saw an interview with the UFC President Dana White where he made comments which demonstrated he is no expert in the world of MMA as he has failed to notice the likes of Cris Cyborg Santos and a host of other great female fighters and is refusing to let women fight in the UFC. Not only did his ignorance disappoint me, it infuriated me too as he exhibits the kind of predjudice that has typically held women athletes back for generations…shame on you Dana! Fortunately UFC is not the only MMA organisation, so props to Strikeforce for being openminded and making it happen.
2009 saw some great match ups and included seeing my fave MMA fighter George St Pierre defend his world title twice and show his critics the amazing athlete he is. Lyotos Machida knocking out Rashed Evans in his first loss was a shocker but the best bouts involving Rashed in 2009 were those between him and Rampage Jackson on the most recent Ultimate Fighter series where they were both coaches. Rashed got right under Jacksons skin and the resulting tantrums Jackson threw reminded me of Elton John on steroids but with more humour. I look forward to seeing these two in the ring one day soon.
My KO of 2009 might shock a few people. I am generally the girl who always supports the home fighter but 2009 saw a first for me…I wanted a British fighter to lose?!? The fighter I am referring to is Michael Bisping and while initially I thought he was cocky and a little arrogant, his behaviour on the Ulitmate Fighter series where he was coaching against Dan Henderson left me less than impressed. I found myself supporting Henderson in the lead up to the fight and hoped by dishing Bisping a big slice of humble pie, not only would he learn some humility but maybe even become a better fighter in the process. Only time will tell how the KO will affect Bisping but I list it as my favourite KO of 2009.
So what plans do I have for 2010?? Well I fully intend this to be a fun-filled fabulous year. As well as putting time into my business, I want to focus on getting fitter again and that is going to involve a lot of work. For me the best way to do it is to keep it fun and hence my main New Year Resolution is to dance more and make sure it happens at least on a weekly basis. I can thoroughly recommend this form of exercise to anyone. I have links to places where you can learn on this site…go on be good to yourself…you know you deserve it!
I would like to share a quote from Andrew Carnegie with you. It is certainly something I have noticed to have truth in my experience and backs the statement that actions speak louder than words.
“As I grow older I pay less attention to what men say. I just watch what they do.”
Peace, love and unity. All the best to you and yours for 2010