This is probably the 5th time I’ve started writing this blog post and truth be told I didn’t feel I really had anything to say.
I was heading in the direction of ‘A Smashing Start’- in reference to the fact that as Big Ben struck midnight one of the kids (I will not name him as now that I keep a written record he is most definitely a clumsy oaf) dropped and smashed the glass that was meant to hold his celebratory Prosecco leaving tiny shards strewn across the carpet and sofa/MY BED! To make matters even worse as we ushered the kids out of the way 2nd son shouts from his bed, ‘I think Alfie weed on my duvet’.
So, needless to say, we missed the fireworks and rung in the New Year vacuuming and stripping bedding.
My second idea was New Year’s Resolutions/plans etc but this topic felt overdone and quite frankly the only resolution I ever make is to try and shout a little less but being at a point where we have almost 3 teens in the caravan it usually lasts all of 2hrs and then I feel shit for not controlling myself better while my 3 darlings push absolutely all of my buttons simultaneously-so that wouldn’t work either.
Which brings us to today…and right now I feel I do have something to say. Two things happened-On Monday we learnt that a young, talented friend had suddenly passed away and I read a letter that was shared by a friend on Facebook.
If you have a moment please do click on the link and take the time to read it. For those of you who don’t, it’s a letter written by 27 year old Holly Butcher who passed away last Thursday after losing her battle with cancer.
In it she talks about how strange it is to accept your own mortality at such a young age. She talks of her hopes and dreams that will not be realised. She urges people to stop whinging about trivial things such as traffic or a chip in your false nails. She asks that you don’t beat yourself up about how you look or what you have as in the end none of those things matter. She says appreciate the fact that you have a healthy, functioning body and look after it. She stresses that we need to give more and do more for one another-as life is unpredictable, in some cases too short and in the end material possessions mean nothing.
A lot of what Holly said struck a chord and I’m at point where I feel it really resonates with me and what we as a family are hoping to achieve. So I’m going into 2018 with Holly’s words as a guide. I know some of you reading this have the perfect work/life/family balance but for those of you who don’t take a moment to reflect. Are you working yourself into the ground in an attempt to pay a mortgage you can’t afford or to buy things you don’t really need at the expense of time with your family and loved ones? Are you rushed, stressed, anxious? I know for a long time we were-I’m not suggesting everyone sell up and move into a caravan, nor am I suggesting that we’ve got it all ‘sussed out’ – because we haven’t! But make sure you don’t miss out on the simple pleasures life has to offer us.
Try to find time to do something for someone else, take time for yourself and go into 2018 with a positive attitude and love in your heart. Register to donate blood and consider becoming an organ donor-I have and it feels good and doesn’t cost a cent. There will be trying times, times you think things can’t get any worse-at that point step back, take stock, take a deep breathe and realise that you’re alive and tomorrow is a new day and a chance for a fresh start.
Just Love and Understanding, Positivity