50 and Not So Fabulous!
My vision board for 2022 is full of adventures, celebrations, and making memories. As I turned 50 in May, I wanted this year to be one I would remember and look back on with fondness.
Three days after the BIG birthday, which also coincided with the publication of my sixteenth title, The Last Princess, I fell down a flight of stairs fracturing my ankle and tearing the ligaments across the top of my foot.
I didn’t have THAT on my vision board!!
My spiritual background means I fully accept that the Universe was telling me to slow down. I knew I’d packed a lot into my schedule with work, speaking engagements, writing, and celebrations, but I told myself I could cope as it was all ‘nice stuff’. How wrong I was.
As an active person, it’s driving me insane sitting on the sofa wearing the Boot of Doom (which weighs the same as a toddler, btw!), which has had a huge knock-on effect on my mental health. I’ve always struggled with asking for help (survivor mentality kicking in), and suddenly being off my feet and unable to ‘pop’ to the shop, drive my camper, or even clean the kitchen was a nightmare.
I kept telling myself, ‘if you don’t write in the dust, nobody will notice it’s there!’
The dark cloud began to settle, and I stayed on the sofa watching old films and feeling sorry for myself. I rearranged my trip to Northumberland with my daughter, cancelled a boat trip and overnight stay in Poole over the Jubilee weekend, rearranged a day out on a Narrowboat, and cancelled my trip to Hever Castle. I’ve also moved a few workshops and speaking gigs to later in the year and am in the process of begging for lifts to events where I’ll still have my boot on.
Consequently, I sulked and switched off my phone. I couldn’t muster any enthusiasm to go on social media or check my emails.
That was a few weeks ago, and I’m slowly starting to feel like my old self again. I now realise it’s okay to step away from everything, especially when your body is trying to heal from injury.
The doc told me I’d got another four weeks in the Boot of Doom, and then it’s back to the hospital for another x-ray and (fingers crossed) I’ll get the green light to start walking and driving again.
I’m popping back on social media now and then and even sharing the odd meme, which is always a good sign. My sense of humour is returning, and I realise sitting with your foot up and having the kids look after you isn’t that bad – although they may disagree!
One of the things I didn’t get to do (because I was in a lot of pain and sulking) was to thank the fantastic book bloggers who supported the launch of The Last Princess, so if you missed any of the guest posts, reviews, extracts, or interviews, you’ll find them all below. Please pop along and support them:
I’ve also loved reading the reviews as they start to trickle in for The Last Princess. Here are a few swashbuckling book reviews to tempt you to read the book.
Terry Tyler’s Book Review: https://terrytylerbookreviews.blogspot.com/2022/06/the-last-princess-by-shelley-wilson.html
My ‘Fabulous at 50’ vision board might have been a tad optimistic as I’m now 50 and not so fabulous, but it does mean I’ll never forget 2022, which was what I wished for!
Thanks for the lovely messages I’ve received on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. You guys have helped my smile return. On the plus side, I did manage to fit a few celebrations in before my big tumble! Enjoy the Gallery 🙂