Time flies by as you get older!

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Once again Christmas has flown by. The anticipation and excitement builds for weeks and then, before you know it, it’s over and we’re looking at returning to work.

I do love the time off over Christmas and New Year and really feel for those people who have to work while the rest of us are enjoying time off.

Chairman  of Morecambe Carnival  organising committee David Brayshaw.

Chairman of Morecambe Carnival organising committee David Brayshaw.

When I was a kid I used to long to be a grown up, earning my own money and being able to do whatever I wanted to do; I guess most kids have similar dreams.

I remember people used to say I shouldn’t wish my life away but I took no notice of them: they didn’t understand. Then suddenly, one day, time seemed to move to a different speed.

I can actually remember being in the fourth year (what’s that in the new system, year 10?) at Heysham High School.

It was a Friday afternoon and I was stood outside the science block. The bell had just rung for the end of the school day and I can remember thinking ‘well, that week went quick’.

That was the start of my life on quick time, it’s not slowed down since and it’s scary sometimes when I realise how many years ago this was.

Back to the present day and I can’t believe it’s 2016. I haven’t got used to writing 2015 on cheques yet (my excuse anyway). So with the New Year come the latest round of New Year’s resolutions.

I always make one but very rarely keep to it. It’s usually got something to do with losing weight or having a few less Strongbows, however, I’ve usually relented by about January 2.

I’m not sure what I’m going to try to resolve to do this year, however, I have decided I will try to think of positive resolutions rather than negative ones.

What I mean by that is I will resolve to do something specific rather than resolve not to do something.

I’m really getting into my running now and I’m so proud I’m boring everyone I meet with stories of my running (another good reason to keep clear if you see me around).

Although I feel healthier, I’ve nearly been knocked down twice (by cars travelling on the wrong side of a pedestrian crossing), had to jump out of the way of a cyclist who seemed too busy looking at the floor to see me, and I was beaten over 200m by an empty milk carton blowing down the prom. That’s still one resolution I plan to keep up. Another annual event which now seems to come around so quickly is the Morecambe Carnival.

We have only got about 14 weeks until MC16 so the hard work really starts now. If you haven’t got your float application in yet, please do this as soon as possible because we may be having to restrict numbers to around thirty because of the new parade arrangements.