So I’ve not been doing much, no one has at the minute, so that got me to thinking about what I've learnt in the past nearly 12 months. I don’t just mean what it was like to ride in the back of a blue lighted ambulance or stay at the Ronald MacDonald house. I mean emotionally about myself.
If someone would have have told me this time last year what I was going to have to deal with, there is no way I would have thought I could possibly survive it. I am the person that can't even watch dramatisations involving missing or ill children as I find them too heartbreaking.
But I have survived. So here is my personal review.
We are all much stronger than we give ourselves credit for.
Being happy is not a given, it takes work. But being happy feels better than being sad so it’s worth the work
Some days you will just be sad or angry, embrace it.
Friends, family and complete strangers can constantly surprise you with their love and understanding
Don’t dwell on the things or people that disappoint you, it is not worth it.
There’s a reason all the old clichés exist, life really is short.
5K a day is harder than it seems
You have no idea what someone is going through, even if their life seems perfect to you.
Be nice, it costs nothing and will make you feel better too.
Holidays are the most important thing. They are where the best memories are made. My Nana told me that and she was right. It doesn’t matter if it’s a day at the beach or a week on the slopes. Make the time
Ashwagandha is an amazing herb. Adaptogens should be explored.
The build up to a sad occasion is often worse than the day itself
Drinking strong Cider on a school night is a bad idea (I already knew that one but it’s worth remembering)
Always say I love you before you go to bed
More people are struggling than you realise, unless you truly look
I’ve also discovered that most of the genuine learning was done centuries ago. I’m not sure whether everything has just been learnt, or if we have stopped searching for answers
The two most important lessons I’ve learnt this year originated from the ancient Greeks and the native Indians
“Time is the most valuable thing a man can spend”
“Don’t judge a Man until you’ve walked two moons in his Moccasins”