Some people really love Autumn, and I’m really trying to be one of those people. They talk about snuggling up in front of real fires, wearing cosy jumpers and woolly hats, drinking hot chocolate and pumpkin spiced lattes whilst walking the dogs in the park and watching the kids kick the piles of colourful frosty leaves. They love the fun of trick or treating, and the spectacle of huge extravagant fireworks displays and bonfires. Don’t get me wrong, I love a hot chocolate as much as the next person- but for me the clocks going back means darkness, and cold, and my birthday in November - getting older. Less daylight, the car’s MOT, rain and wind. Overwhelmingly a fear that my Seasonal Affective Disorder or general fragile mental health will mean that I’m pulled under into the darkness and I won’t emerge in the springtime but be swept away into nothingness and despair. Why can’t I just hibernate like a bear? Ok. So that’s a tad dramatic, but it’s important to understand that some people do struggle. World Mental Health day was recently, and I do hope that people listened to the message. It’s ok to not be ok – and it’s important to talk, and also not to judge. I will be ok. Ofcourse I will. I plan to keep physically active, see my therapist as needed, be kind to myself and also keep busy with the projects I enjoy like my comedy night ( Next Silly Sausage Stand-up comedy night is on Saturday 9th November at The Venue, Wells. Tickets £10 www.facebook.com/sillysausagecomedy) also Radio Shepton.
The Halloween party planned for Friday 1st Nov, at the Charlton, has sadly been cancelled , but we’re planning another brill fundraiser soon- and we will be covering loads of local events such as Spooktakular up at Collett Park today ( 31st) a Halloween family fun day from 11- 4pm. We’ve a lot of exciting things coming up so stay tuned www.radioshepton.com. Apart from that, I’m going to dress up with the kids and go trick or treating, eat toffee apples, drink pumpkin spiced lattes and watch fireworks displays. I’m going to kick the leaves, and wear woolly hats. I’m going to enjoy Carnival, and my birthday and embrace getting older- maybe even wiser?! I’m certainly not giving up yet. Bring on the darkness!
I'm a 43 year old, mum of two little boys- currently living in Shepton Mallet in Somerset. I'm the Founder and Creative Director of Radio Shepton, a Stand up and comedian and spoken word performer, and write a regular column for The Wells and Shepton Mallet Journal. Which is the basis for my blog usually. I lived in Swedish Lapland for 7 years until 2014 where my boys were born. My partner and I ran a husky dog sledding business. Before that I was a poet, radio presenter, media lecturer, writer, TV producer, actress and burlesque performer ! I never want my life to be boring :)