Marmite , Lampposts and Laughter

I have never understood prejudice, I just don’t get it. I can’t comprehend why the world sits back and let’s atrocity after atrocity roam free. And, I definitely do not get:

  • Politics
  • Marmite
  • Rude people
  • Pet spiders
  • Chenille

I genuinely believe that treating others how you wish to be treated is the path best travelled. I am convinced that the devil himself made Marmite. I believe that, no matter how much cheesiness it is wrapped up in, there is a lot to be said for ‘paying it forward’. Also, Chenille has never been, nor will it be, a good look.

Very early on in life I realised that real life propaganda was more commonly known as daily news and not just a big word illustrated in school History books. This realisation hurt. I wanted to change the world. I cried watching the Ethiopian children starving. I cried when Mandela was released. I cried uncontrollably when Take That split up. I wanted to change the world some more. While I still desire a world without war, genocide and Marmite I now realise that baby steps are what count (and that there will always be more boy bands). Don’t get me wrong I am under no delusion that the world will change tomorrow, I just want to remain forever optimistic.

Monday mornings come around far to quickly.  I wish I could do Hot Yoga at 10am everyday but unfortunately if I didn’t go to work I wouldn’t be able to afford the classes at all. First world problems really do suck at times. Luckily for me I am incredibly fortunate as I love my job. I basically get through the day by making it up as I go along, making a total tit out of myself and being passionate about what I do (not the tit part, that just happens). There was once a time where I could only get through the day by simple lists. Example:

  1. Wake up
  2. Have shower and brush teeth
  3. Go to work
  4. Get through the day
  5. Come home
  6. Go to bed

The simplicity of the Six Point Plan got me through some dark times. Unfortunately during that period I was a “walk looking at the pavement so you don’t catch someone’s eye as they are all judging you” kinda crazy. This was bad for two reasons, the startlingly obvious one and the fact that if you are looking at the pavement the whole time you walk into a lot of lampposts, bins, steps etc. It was a very bleak and dangerous time. Thank goodness those days are gone (okay, so there may still be the odd lamppost bruise that arises).

Now my days are fun, well 70% fun and 30% trying to look sensible so no one realises that I’m constantly winging it. I work, I have awesome family and friends, I’m in love with a big goofball, and I always make sure I have time to myself. Apart from those essential ingredients I add the following to my time:

  • Meditation – yes, even YOU can do it.
  • Self-love – as I have said before, love yourself first then you’ll have a whole lotta love to share.
  • Appreciation – for those around you, don’t just think it, tell them.
  • Gratitude – every day there is so much to be grateful for. Pay attention and see what happens.
  • Random acts of kindness – aim for one a week and watch your own smile grow.
  • Volunteer – an hour a day, an hour a week, an hour a month. Your time can really make a difference.
  • Authenticity – be yourself. Stop comparing yourself to others. Don’t be who you think you are supposed to be, be who you are. You’re amazing.
  • Say “Thank you” – it costs nothing but it is priceless.
  • Laugh – loudly and a lot, if you’re not then you are hanging out with the wrong people.

Now, I am not saying that these things will change the world but they can change the way you perceive it. Kindness breeds happiness, and happiness inspires kindness. Spread the word and make a difference.

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What are you grateful for today?

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