ONE single day.
In the last 6 month two people close to me have fallen ill…the dreaded cancer, thankfully one of them is nearing the end of the journey and cancer free – an enormous amount of healing still to be done but is doing amazingly well. The other is yet to begin treatment. A journey that is scary to say the very least. These past few months have had me questioning so much, at times like this I guess your mind starts wandering. Often you hear people talk about ‘life experience’ - now those two words are meaning so much more to me with each day that passes. There are truly some things in life that you can never prepare for, things you THINK you understand but until you are actually in that situation you realise you didn’t really 100% fully understand it. Motherhood for example, the endless unconditional love that people speak about, it sounds simple…yeah you love your kid loads… doesn’t everyone. But that moment when you’re handed that brand new baby, your life has this new found purpose, you would literally give your life for this child. Something clicks, you now understand what these others spoke about and you realise it's a feeling you thought you understood but now you are living it you actually 100% get it. It is REAL.
I thought I understood a fair bit about life. It turns out I don’t.
I have however learnt a lot over the past few months, I have learnt that in a time of need a community will pull together and help out, even for a stranger. I have learnt that people are incredibly kind, more than you will ever imagine possible. I have learnt that a random act of kindness can mean so much. I have learnt that whilst making a living is important, making a life means so much more.
And lastly I have learnt to cherish those that you love. That sounds pretty simple, right? We all cherish our loved ones... but do we? Show them, REALLY show them…
Saying it is one thing - actions speak far louder than words.
Be present – Put your damn phone away.
Make time – We all have busy lives, make time for those that mean the most.
Prioritise – Know what is important.
Make memories – Spending quality time together costs nothing.
Don’t get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life.
And because I’m a photographer and this is a photography blog I better add an image!
A lovely family cherishing the beauty of pregnancy and holding onto that moment forever.