Are you feeling as reflective about 2017 as everyone else on social media? Perhaps. I took the opportunity to go through some old posts I wrote back in 2015 where I claimed I saw 64 operas and 34 theatre shows. Impressed with these numbers I wanted to compare my past efforts with how I did in 2017 and the results were pretty sad, but far from dramatic. *Drum roll please.* I counted what I saw in the theatres, concert halls and auditoriums in London and it came down to 19 operas, 26 theatre shows, eight classical music concerts and seven dance shows. Am I surprised? Not really. I knew this was going to happen.
Back in 2015, I was a student focusing on my postgraduate studies, constantly reading and writing. I had time to run away in the evenings to see shows and write reviews in the mornings, but life moves on and we all have to get a job some time. Or if it isn’t a job that’s unrelated to our passions and interests, then it’s life itself. We all need a break from work, and blah, blah, blah. You need to schedule in dates for life’s many pleasures. I say that sarcastically, FYI!, and for that simple reason, I’m not going to beat myself about it.