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Wednesday, 21 November 2018

The 52 Lists Project // Weeks 46 & 47

Good morning everyone (or afternoon/evening depending on when you're reading this)! I hope you're having a great week so far. I'm really not enjoying the cold turn the UK has taken this week and the ridiculously early dark nights. They make me so sleepy and groggy and I just can't wait to escape the Winter and head to New Zealand.

Anyway, this week it's a double whammy as I didn't get around to writing last week's list so I'll get straight into it without further ado!

Week 46 :: "List your greatest comforts."

  • My Mum - Nothing in the world is more comforting than my Mum for me. I don't think I'm alone in that whenever I start to feel ill, scared, sad or any kind of negative emotion the first thing I think is the same as what I've thought pretty much since I was a baby... 'I want my Mum!'. I don't think that instinct will ever leave me (although I can survive without her immediately being there now!) and for good reason, my Mum is amazing and she's such a comfort to me whatever I'm going through.
  • The amazing people in my life - I'm so lucky for many reasons but one of them is to have some truly wonderful people in my life who, no matter what I'm going through, I know will be there to make me feel better. Just a conversation or a message from them can be such a source of comfort to me and they're all bloody brilliant.
  • Books - One of my favourite quotes is by W Somerset Maugham who said "To acquire the habit of reading is to construct for yourself a refuge from almost all the miseries of life". I couldn't have put it better myself - reading lets me escape into an entirely different world and makes everything feel a bit better. 
  • Music - Similarly to books, music is a great comfort to me. Whatever mood you're in or feeling you're experiencing, I'll bet you there's a song about it. And even when times are tough and you're in a shitty situation, I always find it so comforting to find a song which completely relays my feelings because it reminds me that I'm not alone in it.
  • Warmth - There's nothing like being cosy by a fire or having a hot water bottle to comfort me. I hate the cold (as I've already said in this post) and so nothing makes me feel more at ease than being warm and cosy.
  • Hugs - I love love love a hug. They're just the best. Nothing more is needed to say about them but that - such a great comfort.
  • People playing with my hair - This might seem like a bit of a random one, and I'd like to clarify that I wouldn't find it a comfort in the slightest if a stranger came up to me and started playing with my hair but (when it's someone I'm close to) playing with my hair is the most relaxing thing in the world. I completely lap it up and I bet I'm not the only one.

And onto Week 47 :: "List the things you are grateful for." 

  • The wonderful people in my life - As I've just mentioned, the incredible people I'm surrounded by are a huge comfort to me and I am so so grateful for them. They make my life so much better and nothing would be the same without them. 
  • My health - I think that health is something we take for granted until we have a scare. Even when we have a cold, we always claim we'll appreciate being fully healthy forever from then on as soon as the cold has cleared off... but of course we don't. When I actually stop and think about it though, being healthy allows me to live my life as I want to, in fact it's what allows me to still be alive! I'm so grateful to have my health and definitely need to appreciate it more.
  • My education - I've been so lucky to have had an excellent education. I went to a great state primary and secondary school, and then was granted a full bursary to attend an incredible private school for sixth form, following which I went to the University of Exeter to study my undergraduate degree. Education is so important and opens the doors in so many ways to the best things in life and I don't underestimate how blessed I am to have had such a good one.
  • My freedom - I'm so grateful to be living in the twenty-first century in a country which allows me to make my own decisions, to have the right to vote and to navigate my own life. It's what's allowing me to go travelling this year, to hopefully undertake an amazing career and to live my life how I want to. 

I could go on and on about the things I'm grateful for (there are so many) but since this is a bumper edition of the 52 Lists Project I thought I'd leave it there for today! 

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