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    Amelia Slocombe
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The Good Life

Living the good life

When I was 17, my mum told me to appreciate my final year at school. She said, with the certainty that comes from being a parent and pretending to know everything, that it would be one of "the best years" of my life. How depressing, I thought at the time. I was feeling faintly suicidal when she said it, due to the fact that Neil didn't want to go with me, because I had a whole essay to write that day, and I was concerned that a small spot on my chin would develop into acne.

But now I look back and I marvel at the fact I didn't realise how amazing my life was at the time. I used to have whole weekends with nothing to do but plan my next night out with my friends. I used to spend all my money on clothes. I used to eat McDonalds at 2am and not put on weight. And I never, EVER got a hangover.

But for some reason, I used to dream of getting a job. Settling down. I was never really into the kids idea back then but I certainly wanted marriage and a home of my own.

And now I have all those things. Exactly the things I craved. And whilst I am happy, I am burdened. I have responsibilities. People who DEPEND on me. And occasionally, I look back on my school days and feel sad that I didn't appreciate them more.  

So, rather than hark back to a past I can never get back, I made the decision to simply be more appreciative of what I have now. Because in ten years time I will probably look back at the life I am living right now and wish it back. And then I'll feel sad all over again.

So to everyone reading this. Take a time out to enjoy the moment. Look back at the past fondly but not with a desperation to get in a time machine. Because life is there to be lived and enjoyed. If you don't do that, it will simply pass you by.

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Comments on this post ( 3 )

  • Apr 10, 2015

    Thanks Fiona and Angie – great to hear your comments! :) x

    — Natasha

  • Apr 01, 2015

    Have to agree. Something about mindfulness – especially as a cancer survivor. Every minute counts, every blade of grass, every smile, every bird, every morsel of food oh yes xxx

    — Angie Smith

  • Mar 25, 2015

    Lovely article! And so true. Far too much time is wasted living in the past or wishing away the present. Embrace the precious moment we are in :)

    — Fiona

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