I’m not your typical naval-gazing modern day philosopher, nor do I pretend to be so. I struggle with trying to do everything – work, friends, family, exercise, hobbies. I’m so busy trying to get better at all of it that I forget to stop and think; to take stock of my life.
I think that we’re all guilty of that – but sometimes we need to remember to be content, to truly live in the moment.
Yesterday, Mr ShoeThatAlwaysFits came home from a long day’s filming and told me how moved he’d been by a story that he’d heard on the radio. An old lady had written in to thank the presenter for keeping her company, she enjoyed his show and listened to the radio a lot since her husband had died a few years ago. She used the radio to keep her company, and listening to music that she’d listened to with her husband brought her comfort through her loneliness and seclusion.
This sparked a conversation that we should never either take our lives nor each other for granted. I realised that I am blessed on so many fronts, that I experience a deep and meaningful love and I have a rewarding and challenging career. We have enough money to live on and have a small amount of savings should something in our lives go awry. We have siblings, our parents and an extended family which have enriched our lives and who continue to stimulate us.
I am thankful for the life that I lead and the choices that have brought me here.
As I watch the news, read articles and features and see what is happening in the world outside of my own little bubble, I realise how lucky I am to be here. It all could have been so different. I am truly happy.