Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Second Adolescence


I was at Lanhydrock (above) on Sunday taking pictures for a walk, while trying to fight off a vile cold– along with most of Falmouth. As a result of said lurgy I’ve actually had a run of nights in which has been something of a pleasant novelty given my life recently. It struck me that the second part of last year was rather like having a second adolescence (not bad at 53) – given a sudden new lease of life I felt duty bound to grab it with both hands and make the most of every second.

Now that initial rush has passed, I’m finding that because my life is very busy – filled with very pleasant things I hasten to add – I do need time to myself. So I shan’t be going out every night (she says….). There was something very comforting about coming back from a good day out, lighting the fire and making a Thai curry while I went through the next box of hankies.

Looking back, it’s incredible how my life has changed. But I am very fortunate. I have some very special friends, a gorgeous dog, my singing life and work – and on that front, I have agreed a contract for another walks book to do with Cornish writers. Having talked to the publishers, we are all very excited about it – so that will be coming out in 2013. I have to get rid of this cold, get walking and get writing.

A little voice in the background says – what will go wrong? Life doesn’t go this smoothly. And I guess there’s plenty that could go wrong. But I’m not going to worry about it until it does. In the meantime I shall look forward to the good things and enjoy the others that come along.

I hope you do, too.

18 comments:

Chris Stovell said...

I know you won't say this, but I'm certain that many of the positive changes are down to you and the way you've played the negative hand you began with. I really admire your determination and the way you've picked yourself up. The new book sounds fascinating. Here's wishing you more of the happiness and success you deserve.

Flowerpot said...

Thank you so much, Chris. That's a very kind thought and I hope you're right!

ADDY said...

Glad to hear you are in a good place at the moment. Long may it continue. Just take one day at a time. By the way, I have that dreaded cold too..... I must have sneezed 400 times in the last 4 days alone, but thankfully, today it is drying up! Woohoo!

Flowerpot said...

Addy - thanks and so sorry to hear you have the dreaded cold. It's a stinker!

Talli Roland said...

I'm with Chris! I admire the way you've forged on and embraced the good things in life. You're a real inspiration (cue Spielberg score). I know that sounds corny, but it's true!

Flowerpot said...

Thanks Talli - I am quite overwhelmed!

Crystal Jigsaw said...

I guess there's too much that will go right to think about the things that can go wrong.

Hope the cold clears up soon, and you can get that walking done - fresh air...sigh...

CJ x

Akelamalu said...

And I guess there’s plenty that could go wrong. But I’m not going to worry about it until it does. In the meantime I shall look forward to the good things and enjoy the others that come along.

That's a great outlook on life FP. x

Sally said...

I so agree with Chris and Talli! I wish you all the best with the new writing venture. Should you want to use one of my Dad's books, I'd love to accompany you on a Jeremy Visick walk. It's something I've long wanted to do.

I look forward to seeing you tomorrow and fixing a date for coffee or lunch sometime soon.

And, yes, to your last point, I shall look forward to the good things enjoy whatever else comes along.xx

Flowerpot said...

CJ - cold improiving thanks - just been for a walk in the rain!

Flowerpot said...

Sally - a Jeremy Visick walk sounds great. Let's discuss tomorrow after singing and have that coffee! xx

Flowerpot said...

Ak - I hope I'm a glass half full kind of person. I didn't used to be, but I think that's what death did to me.

Philipa said...

"There was something very comforting about coming back from a good day out, lighting the fire"

There's always something good about lighting a fire :-)

Hope your cold gets better soon, Sue x

Flowerpot said...

Phil - fires are great arent they? I'm feeling a lot better thanks. Hope you are toox

Melissa Marsh said...

Well said, Flower. Sometimes when my life is going well, I think, why, it can't last for long. But that is what life is like - ups and downs.

I think you really needed that second adolescence after what you've been through. It was part of the healing process, I think.

Congrats on the book project! I wish you may lovely days of writing. :-)

Flowerpot said...

Melissa - glad you agree! Yes I think I needed it too. And you're right life is full of ups and downs...

elleeseymour said...

By feeling positive like this, you will attract positive vibes into your life. Long may it continue.

Flowerpot said...

Ellee - I hope you're right! Good to hear from you.