When hard times hit, as they do—and often all at once— it can be hard to see the light.
So, I’m really glad I documented all the delightful things I saw and experienced on my recent trip to Melbourne. A reminder that life aint that bad and that I should shut the hell up and stop whinging!
What happened last week?
Well, I came to terms with the fact I’ve been hittin’ the bottle a wee bit too much lately to alleviate the stress and strain of my very busy and chaotic life. I’d been feeling really out of control about some aspects of my life and wine seemed to provide a measure of anaesthesia. Was kinda shocked at myself to be honest. I’ve never been a big drinker and last weekend I not only drank 3/4 of a bottle of wine in a fit of rage about a misunderstanding with a friend, but then set about messaging unkind things to said misunderstood friend (who I’m sure now sees me for the lunatic I’ve become of late). So, that was number one.
I came home from a blissful trip to Melbourne to a house in utter chaos as my poor husband was very unwell. The kids had basically enacted Lord of the Flies rules… that is they were buzzing around the two day old dishes piled up next to the sink, and the washing that I’d pulled out of the washing machine in the hopes that someone would hang up, was still sitting in the basket, smelling a tad like mould.
A really dear friend of mine died the other night. We were soccer mums together and used to love taking the piss out of ourselves as the loud-mouthed soccer mums standing on the sidelines yelling at the ref. We had a lot of fun together! Our boys are friends and we were friends. When we heard about her illness, we all hoped for the best and my friend stayed positive right till the end. I will miss her. She made me laugh and and we shared some fun times! I really wanted to gift her a place on our last retreat but, as her family was visiting from the UK, it wasn’t to be. I’m so glad she got to spend time with her family before she passed away. She blessed everyone with her humour and positivity. Really, after my performance earlier in the week, I felt ashamed–ashamed because I was feeling sad over something so comparatively insignificant and she was fighting for her life. I have nothing to complain about clearly.
I managed to be the last in a long line of rear-ended cars in the middle of Ipswich yesterday.
So, yes, there was a lot to feel crappy about last week. However, there was also a lot to be grateful for and Melbourne was the highlight! Not only did I get to enjoy two solitary days (with the exception of meeting up with some very cool friends and clients), but I gave a kick-ass presentation to an awesome bunch of women business owners (and a few very cool men). So here’s my photo-walk through the streets and crannies of Melbourne. If you’re having a bad week, why not do a photo walk of your own. It’s amazing how reflecting on the simple things can make you feel better.
My Melbourne Photo Walk
As for all those crappy things, well, next week is a new week with new possibilities. I have learned stuff about myself and others that I didn’t realise I had to learn and I am going to soldier on. I owe that to my friend. She fought for her life with every breath. For me not to, would dishonour her memory.
ps: No more excessive drinking for me. Have learned my lesson.