Letters to July – Thirty-First

I’m going to try and blog every day during July as part of Letters to July. It’s probably a bad idea.
Dear July,
So here we are. Tomorrow August will be here and it’ll be a whole year until we get to hang out again. I’ll miss you. The time has both gone really fast and really slow in that way that time does.
I’ve enjoyed our time together, even though it ended sadly and even though August is going to begin with much quieter and sadder days than I was expecting. I’ve enjoyed this – these letters. When I started this project I wasn’t really sure why I was doing it, what I wanted to achieve. At the beginning it seemed like a slightly foolish, probably pointless, definitely whimsical thing. But actually it’s been really important. I’ve learnt a lot from you, July. A lot more than I expected to.
Tonight I added two things to perpetual to do list (which I manage via Habatica). These two goals I owe to you, July. I promise to try and keep them up until we meet again.
The first is that I am going to start blogging again. Once a week. You’ve made me remember why I need it, why it helps, why it’s good. I thought that maybe blogging had outgrown its usefulness but you’ve helped me to realise that it hasn’t. It’s important and I love it and I should do it more because I want to.
The second is that regularly I am going to call someone I love, someone I haven’t spoken to in a while. I’m going to make the effort to talk to the people who I care about, especially those who are far away. I’m going to upgrade my phone plan so I can talk for as long as I like and I’m going to be brave because calling people I love shouldn’t require bravery. It’s important. It matters.
So thanks, July. It’s been great. Look after yourself. 
Til next year.

Alex x
Letters to July is a project started by Emily Diana Ruth. For more information, click here.

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