Well, that’s 2010 in the can, and 2011 is unwrapping itself, yet to reveal the enigmatic contents of the next 12 months.
However, it’s not been a great year for the Overfield. Sitting here 12 months ago, I would never have expected the year to pan out the way it did, but it did and its that I must deal with, for good or ill as it may turn out. In the early part of the year, it was a countdown to the time of me leaving my last position, a decision that caused me much heartache and disturbed nights subsequently. It was not a decision I wanted to make but it was leave then or probably be dismissed later. Those of you who are close to me will have known how much it racked and tore me to bits as I reflected on it during the rough times of the summer. Many times when the sun was high and the heat was on, did I think I’d made the wrong choice as no new positions were offered me, so much so that it affect my moods and make me difficult to live with, and for that forbearance I thank my dear wife for putting up with me in this time. It was her suggestion that put me on a different road. In September, I started at the local college studying with AAT, accountancy level 2 certificate, full-time. This helped in that it got me out of the house, gave me purpose and something to focus on. I’ve got better as the months have passed, and now, although life is still not easy, we can see a future and what may or may not be light at the end of the tunnel. This has been boosted with the passing of the first exam last month, which has given me some small confidence that I may be some good at this, I know the lecturers think I’m understanding the subject, if only they knew! No matter how much I think I know, I’m always thinking that I’m going to slip up and that I don’t know enough. Its hard enough to study as it is,without being racked with self-doubt over what your abilities actually are. But heigh-ho, that’s life in the Overfield mind these days, and always has it been thus. Yet there have been positives, I’ve got to know a whole new group of wonderful people, and for the first time, I’m going to break my rules and name some of the best on the course; Danielle – who’s always good for reminding us about life, Kumi – for listening to me and being an encouragement and Mounia – who is just a wonderful person (despite what she thinks about her abilities on the course…!).
On the reverse side, there are things to look forward to in the coming months, football will see Hampton travel up North for an FA Trophy tie at either Southport or Gateshead and I bagged the match reporters role! Hah! I’ve permission to go and I gather the coach fare is being covered by a good friend, who I will not embarrass by naming. This will be a bit more upmarket than the usual grounds I’ve done reports at and a bit more official too.
Our good friend K had a son in November, and so I’ve godfather responsibilities as well, which I will take seriously, believe you me! As we’ll not have children of our own, it’s the nearest I shall get, and little Yuvraj will be spoiled rotten, when circumstances allow next year. Best wishes to all my readers in 2011; life, love, peace and happiness be with you all.