I didn’t have a post planned for today. In fact, today has whirred round in a busy haze of deadlines and catch up of emails that I gleefully ignored over my birthday weekend. (I’m not the only person right who feels guilty for putting on an ‘out of office’ right?)
Although this weekend was lovely, I was at home in Shrewsbury and I spent my birthday with my family. I got to see my little brother and sister, and see their delight when they opened early birthday presents and I let them take selfies on my camera. I went for brunch with my sister, and dragged my poor Mum round every charity shop in Shrewsbury to try and find that perfect vintage over sized denim jacket. It was lovely. Although I am still yet to find *that* denim jacket.
But whenever I turned on the news, or went on Twitter, I was horrified to see such awful news. It just didn’t stop coming, and it just seemed that every hour, more innocent people were losing their lives which just made me feel terribly sad.
As humans, we sometimes feel we are invincible. You feel that nothing bad will ever happen. But then when I saw people who I could relate to being caught in the wrong place at the wrong time, it made my stomach drop. It made me realise that we genuinely don’t know what’s around the corner. We could go off on holiday for a relaxing beach break and never return. Our lives could end tomorrow. It’s scary. And I’d never really thought about that before.
Hearing horrible news always puts things into perspective. Too often, I will roll my eyes on social media when I see someone Facebook/Tweet something so melodramatic. Or I hear people moan about the pettiest things. I won’t lie, I sometimes have a moan about really silly little things, and I’ve realised this needs to stop. I need to look at the bigger picture.
We need to stop focusing on the things pulling us down and look at the good things. Life is for living, we only get one and we need to make sure we live it. If you’re in a job that you hate, look for something else, life is too short to work in a job you dread going to every morning. You are never stuck in any kind of situation or relationship or friendship.
If you want to travel, then travel. You may have to scrimp and save but you’ll be repaid with memories that will last a lifetime.
Sack off the housework to do something exciting. Get outdoors, see the world. Put your phone down.
Give yourself a break if you haven’t blogged.
We’re all so guilty of getting wrapped up in our own lives, I want to stop fretting about the silly little things and start living life properly. However cheesy and corny that may sound.
I want to stop panicking that I’m getting closer to becoming in the ‘overs’ category on XFactor, not everyone gets the privilege of getting older.
Don’t just wait for things to happen. Make them happen.
We should tell people how much we love and care for them whilst they’re still here. If someone brightens your day, tell them. We shouldn’t leave it till it’s too late, we should act on things now.
I can’t stop thinking about the horrific events from over the weekend, I can’t imagine what family and friends are going through, it makes me sad that some people may of not got the chance to do everything they set out to do in life. We need to remember that life is for living, and to stop saying ‘we’ll do it tomorrow.’ We never know what tomorrow will bring.
I know this is another one of my finger vomits, but I just wanted to write this down. I want to remember this next time i am having a moan about something. Go grab life by the balls and do the stuff you’ve always wanted to do. I’m pretty sure we won’t regret it.