Remember to live

It seems I can’t avoid this blog post so I may as well crack on and see what falls out of my head.

My father-in-law lives in small town in Spain and, as such, is part of a tight-knit ex-pat community over there. Early this week a man we’ve met a few times, and who was always friendly and welcoming, dropped dead. We saw him just last month. Quite a shock.

Then I read this post from Tom about a man who dropped dead in the street. Tom closes his post with some advice:

…live life to the full. Make yourself happy. Try to make those that you care for happy. Your life is the only thing that you truly own and you only get one – so don’t sweat the small stuff.

Sounds twee, sounds “new-age hippy crap” but he’s right. It’s not easy though, grabbing fragments of life during the bustle of your day, pausing long enough to breathe in a moment of beauty. But we must try, mustn’t we? If not, what else is there to this life?

We all face challenges, situations arise and every day we put off doing something simple and easy. Reality slips past unnoticed, our vision narrowed by repetition. There is always something beautiful and unique, always a moment to grasp.


  1. Andy N said:

    I agree. Not twee, new age or hippy.

    In my position, this seems to be the only way to approach the future. I don’t recommend the position, but the hippiness appeals.

    March 21, 2008
  2. Ian's Mum said:

    My dad died playing in a final at the bowling club and our best friend died in the street when visiting us.
    Not sweating the small stuff lasted for a while both times but it is hard to sustain. Today for example I am really sweating, I have just been called for jury service and having done it before I am perpiring profusely.

    March 21, 2008
  3. Elle said:

    I’m having similar thoughts myself today. It’s just a matter of getting the balance right…so why is that so difficult?

    March 21, 2008
  4. K said:

    Been reading for a little while, but felt the need to comment today.

    Your post is so true, yet something I rarely give time to given the general hectic nature of life. A good time to start would be now I think…

    March 21, 2008
  5. mum said:

    yep – having your husband nearly die on you when all your family are on holiday fairly concentrates the mind! My way of appreciating the fact that he recovered is by living life to the full.

    March 23, 2008

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