Congratulations, we made it! We battled through the January sales with the last of our Christmas money, survived "Blue Monday" and clawed our way to the 31st of January. The blessed Pay Day.
Never before has a day been so longed for and so hard won. But finally, yes finally, the January pay day is here. Normality has been restored to the bank accounts of billions and all is right with the world once more.
So What Now?
Well, the usual stuff that happens after pay day. We pay the bills, we pay the rent, we stock up on food for the month, pour a whole tank's worth of petrol in the car and sort out our social lives after being skint for a few weeks.
The only problem is that it's now February. It's cold, it's wet and generally a bit grey and miserable. Pub then?
You do have to wonder who decided that February would be the perfect time for Valentines Day? Maybe this is why everyone tends to book a restaurant rather than risk a romantic day outside?
But at least we can all start looking forward to Spring and the rest of the year. There's Mother's Day on the 30th of March, Easter from the 18th to the 21st of April, Father's Day on the 15th of June,and then an abundance of birthdays throughout July, August and especially September.
In fact, now's the time most people start thinking about their summer holidays, because they've recovered from the "Christmas financial hangover" and really fancy some warm and sunny weather for a change. But fret not, because...
Spring is Coming!
Here in the Northern Hemisphere the first day of Spring will be on the 20th of March (according to the astronomical definition). So we've only got to get through February and most of March before we can start enjoying some proper sunshine. And let's not forget about all the April and May bank holidays either.
In a way, it feels like the January pay day is the start of a New Year. Because financially, we're back to normal. Perhaps this is why Chinese New Year begins today?
It's the year of the horse, by the way, which will be a fast year full of conflicts according to some astrologers, who believe people will stick firmly to their principles.
But in the meantime, it's back to normality, back to routines and looking forward to the start of Spring. And most importantly, hanging on until the next pay day! But thankfully, there's only 4 weeks in February.