I can't say my childhood and teens were a bundle of laughs; bed-sores, paralysis, and starvation, it really wasn't that great! But one of the good things that came out of it all was being able to be happy with very little, and to appreciate things that might not seem important if you have always had them in your life.
If I have enough to eat, and somewhere safe to sleep, the rest all seems like a beautiful bonus! Listening to music, spending time with friends, taking a hot shower, walking along a street, taking the train, it all makes me feel like the luckiest person on earth!
With 'Black Friday' coming up, I got to thinking about how many people have forgotten how to be content with life, and how to appreciate and enjoy what they have. It's so easy to get caught up in this social obsession with owning and having the best of everything, and to miss the simple happiness that is all around you.
I couldn't care less if I have the 'right' sofa to sit on, I'd just as well sit on the floor and give the money to someone who really needs it. I like the fact that pretty much every item of clothing I own has holes in it and would have probably been thrown away by now by most people. The holes remind me I've really been living, and they still keep me warm, so it's all good! I don't mind if I have to wait 6 hours for a train, and then end up standing all the way, I'm just glad to be alive in the world and getting to go on a train at all.
Buying things and keeping up appearances, minding if things aren't 'perfect'; it ways you down! And it stops you noticing the magic that surrounds you all the time. Live simply and live happily, see how free it makes you feel <3
And imagine just for a moment losing everything that makes up your life, the perfect and the imperfect. I sometimes laugh at myself because I'll be putting out the trash, or unblocking the drains, or have fallen over or something, and I'm thinking 'this is so much fun! Beats being sick'! But it really does! When you think you've lost your life forever, you really appreciate it ALL!
I never expected to see the world again. I am very glad to have gotten a second chance.
And I can honestly say that rainy days and Mondays always make me smile :)