Five things I learnt over the long hot summer of 2018

Tuesday, 2 October 2018

It seems I’ve accidentally had a blogging hiatus for a couple of months, apologies friends. I’ve been feeling rather uninspired in both my words and my fashion these last couple of months and weeks. 

Summer 2018 seemed to last about 5 or 6 months this year, thanks climate change. But over that time I’ve learnt some things about both myself and life, that I thought I’d share in a little reintroduction to blogging and writing for old me. 

1. You definitely don’t need to go abroad to get a tan. 
In fact you don’t even need to go on holiday! Apart from 3 days in the Cotswolds, we didn’t go away on holiday this summer and yet I managed to get a pretty good tan and some pretty hilarious tan lines to match. It seems sitting in your back yard with a brew, book and a rusting deck chair is all you need to bronze up your skin for a few months.

2. When they say patience is a virtue, they really mean it.
When you’re waiting for something to happen, waiting upon other people’s decisions or external factors, it can feel like you’ve been waiting for hundreds of years and that your patience is running thin. Learning to develop and grow patience whilst waiting is difficult, and when they say it’s a virtue they really mean it, cause sometimes it’s a right royal pain in the derriere.

3. If all else fails, brush your hair and make your bed.
Life can often be difficult, and days can feel dark, sometimes you just don’t want to do anything or see anyone. But when all else fails, when all else feels too hard, comb or brush your hair and make your bed. It’ll make you feel a whole lot better accomplishing those two small things. Which in the moment can feel like huge personal victories, and give you more confidence to face the day. 

4. People won’t always get it. 
People may not understand you, your decisions or your journey, but trust your gut and your knowledge of yourself. You know what’s right for you, others only see or understand a small portion of the road you’re on. Don’t let their doubts or confusion lead you down a road that isn’t yours to take. 

5. Take your time.
In the words of that bloke from the old TV game show, Bullseye, “Take your time, take your time”. Taking your time in life or individual situations may seem or feel annoying, difficult or a drag but not rushing yourself to reach the final destination in as little time as possible, will allow you to take in the view. Will allow you to enjoy the journey. Will allow you to learn about yourself and life and those around you, without pressure or hindrance. Taking your time gives you the space to feel and heal and process life and all of its intricacies in the way that only you know how and can. 

God Bless 

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