This morning, I woke up with the realisation that today was the beginning of the next chapter in my life. I finished up in my current role/job on Friday with an open road ahead of me. Today however, the road was a little murky as I spent all of it battling a tremendous headache that has only just begun to clear following the help of 2 Nurofen pills. I had great intentions today of starting on some new projects (I’m a project kind of guy) that I have been wanting to start for a while now. Today however, was proof in the pudding that best laid plans go to waste.
What is time? Does it even exist? Is it a figment of our imagination? I know one thing. Time is not your friend. Never has been. Never will be. The older we grow, the faster time runs away from us. At moments like these, I always look back on my time working in an Oncology ward where I would be reminded on a daily basis that life is too short through the eyes of cancer patients. Sometimes, you would be encouraged to see a patient feeling better and looking as though they were going to beat their cancer. A few days later, I would often learn that these incredibly encouraging fighters had succumbed to the battle they fought so hard to defeat.
For this reason alone, I began focusing more on the things I love in life. Travel, fitness, reading, films, spending time with people who meant the most to me and trying my best not to sweat the small stuff. Spending more time with my mum was also a key decision that put me in my current position. She hasn’t been well for some time so I decided to start spending more time with her. Naturally, with a good bit of distance between us and a full time job, it wasn’t always possible to spend as much time as I would like with mum and that time is, in part, on my side. I didn’t want to be one of those people who regretted not spending enough time with their parents as they moved into their later years of life. In the cancer ward, I saw this all too often.
Tomorrow morning when I wake up, I have a plethora of opportunities ahead of me. I can go to the gym, head out for a run, see a movie, read my book, trawl through old travel photos, watch a documentary, write some blogs, plan some travel or head down to the beach for a swim. Many people on this planet don’t have the opportunities that we take for granted each day. Knowing I have this treasured privilege, I’m glad a new chapter in my life has begun. The world is my oyster. And don’t I know it!