NaBloPoMo Entry 2: If you could live anywhere, where would it be?

November 2, 2012 in Afterhours, Intern Advice, Intern Guide, Intern Training, Introduction, London Living, NaBloPoMo, Networking, Personal, Slideshow


“What day is it?”
It’s today,” squeaked Piglet.
My favorite day,” said Pooh.”
A.A. Milne


A lot of my spare time today was spent thinking about what to choose as the answer to November 2nd’s NaBloPoMo blog promt; If you could live anywhere, where would it be?

During the last few years I have had the good fortune to travel to many new and exciting locations; from moving out of my safe little hometown of Aberystwyth to study at the University of Bath, landing a placement year in the Big Smoke of London and jetting off to the far corners of Europe for pleasure and for work. In the years before, I have explored parts of China, Australia, Russia, Canada, New Zealand, Singapore and even the old US of A.

Each had its very own magic – an unidentifiable yet wholly tangible undercurrent which was entirely different from one country to the next, even if they were geographical neighbours.

Yet, whilst every single place I have been to has ignited my curiosity in its own way, I realise I am one of those people who will be a perpetual traveller. There is too much to see out there to be sat in one place for very long, too much to learn to tie yourself down to one spot. Don’t get me wrong – I look forward to the day when I one day have a home of my own, but I know I will always have ‘itchy feet’ and will be hankering for the next adventure.

It’s because of this personality trait that I came to the conclusion of today’s entry; for me, the place where I would choose to live is in the moment.

It seems to me that living in the moment is the single most important thing you can do with your life. If you are going through each day focused on the past or worrying about the future, how much are you really living your life?

Don’t just take my word for it; happiness is found by living in the now (particularly if the now involves having sex) according to a major study into mental wellbeing.

Now, this is all very good and well to say, but I’d be lying if I said I managed to live in the moment even a fraction of the time that I should be.  The study mentioned earlier also found that people spend nearly half their time (46.7%) thinking about something other than what they are actually doing. Life has an ability to get in its own way, and I seem to spend half my day going over what I did previously, and worrying about what I should do next. Being somewhat of a  perfectionist control freak, the concept of ‘all we have is this moment’ has been a long and difficult lesson to learn, and one which I am still striving to fully comprehend.

This doesn’t mean ignoring our past and pretending the future won’t happen; the past is there to learn from, and the future to look forward to. However, here’s a thought which keeps coming back to me; the moments you have are all that you have.  They’re not leading up to anything. They exist only as they happen, and are gone just as quickly. So enjoy them.