Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.


I’m not a big fan of inspirational quotes. They mostly make my teeth itch, not sure way. Maybe it’s a stiff upper lip thing, or maybe it’s just that they’re mostly trite nonsense.  But when I saw this in an advert for Not on the Hight Street, I said YES with every fibre of my being.

Partly it’s because I have a very soft spot for Ferris Bueller. I was introduced to him by an American childhood friend who aged 11, I was sure I was going to marry.  By the time I was 16, and we were watching this film, I was still harbouring an unrequited crush, and a combination of this and the achingly cool, only slightly older than me, Ferris made a kind of perfect storm of favourite filmness.  But you know what?  Ferris was right.

I have no idea what our purpose on this earth is, or whether there’s anything else afterwards, but I do know that I don’t want to lie on my death bed regretting that life passed me by.  The best way I know of slowing it down is to grasp every opportunity that comes. OK maybe not EVERY opportunity. I have absolutely no desire to jump out of an aeroplane, but I do want to fill my days with things that are interesting, lovely, exciting, make me think, add in some way to the greater good or are just plain fun.  The more you can cram in, the more time you seem to have.

As well as that, I also want to be present in the moment, not always rushing onto the next thing and wishing my life away.  If you’re having a cup of coffee, make it a really good cup. Appreciate the small things and each day can be crammed with a series of tiny pleasures. This morning I heard a woodpecker while I walked the dog in the blinding winter sun on a frosty common.  Today is already a good day.

Enjoy life. And listen to Ferris.

  1. Lindy said:

    Totally agree! I think you’re doing a pretty good job of stopping and looking around- I need to do better.

    • Victoria said:

      I’m easily bored Lindy

  2. Ruth said:

    I am always so behind on the glorious stuff you’re sharing… I went through a phase of being somewhat obsessed with those motivational things. Thank goodness that passed, but as you so rightfully point out, this one is a beauty. For my coffee and wine preferences I get called a snob. But, like you, I firmly believe “if you’re having a cup of coffee, make it a really good cup”. And wine, wine needs to be good and the right temperature. Coffee for me is a bit of a ritual. I’m still fortunate to be able to enjoy a cup in bed, first thing in the morning. We set our alarm half hour earlier for the privilege and take it in turns to run the errand downstairs. But it’s made such a difference to how the day has started for us both. Lovely post.

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