Serious illness has forced me to think hard about how I spend my remaining time on this planet and what I really enjoy about life.
This is my list. What would you put on yours?
My family & friends
Being a doctor
Lazy Sunday mornings with no alarm clocks
Cuddles with my nephews & niece
Podding peas in my parents’ garden
Strawberries and cream
Crunching autumn leaves
Exploring new places
Going out for dinner
Clean bed linen
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Splashing in puddles in the rain
Freshly baked bread
Raising money for the hospital that has kept me alive since Feb 2011
Seeing my children aged 14 and 11 now growing up every day
I’m too humbled by your list to add mine
My children; I love them so much
The sound of rain splashing down against my study window . . like now!
Memories of people gone
Anything new. . . . . . . .
Oh my goodness, I love fresh sheets! My list includes new books, cream teas and chats with old friends x
Walking at dawn on an empty beach before the world has awoken
The reflection of sunsets in eastern skies
Music … above all music
My dear companions, my dogs
And the companionship of special friends
An open fire
My French horn
Making music with others
Things I love:
My family, especially my nieces
My friends, and their children
The sun sparkling on water
The bright green leaves of Spring
Wild flowers in hedgerows
Old, familiar places
Freshly ironed bed sheets – especially when I’ve shaved my legs, I guess it’s a girl thing 😉
A dress that fits like a glove
Happy memories of my much missed brother
My two beautiful daughters
Chocolate fudge cake
Abigails footstep charity
like you… The smell and feel of crisp bed linen
Hot air balloons
laughing until my cheeks hurt
the colour of the world when you stop and look
precious memories of special people
the taste of food and life
music that brings memories
stories that touch me
sunflowers and bluebells
a beach in Cornwall
and clean sheets!
Discovering new words
My loving, honest, bravehearted husband-to-be
My parents, with all their strengths and weaknesses
Feeling my feelings
Nepal, the Nepali language, Nepalese people
Ama Dablam, a 6-000+ m peak in Nepal (‘Mother’s Jewel Box’)
Playing the piano
Sacha Baron Cohen
My dear, supportive and hilarious friends
Courageous people like you, Ms Granger, who live life to the full as far as possible and help us all in the process…
and so much more.
Ha! Lots of those things. Hoping you already live in California….
Sunday morning lie iinns
My “The things I love about life” list would also include
Riding my bike
Random wandering in parks, museums & markets
Smell of frangipani after rain
Random acts of kindness both given & received
Walking near the sea
Thanks Kate for sharing.
Friends & family
My cat curled beside me
The smell of bonfire smoke
The garden after rain
Very cold white wine
Warm fresh bread & butter
A nice cup of tea
Losing myself in a good book
Music that evokes memories
A fresly made bed with cotton sheets (especially in a hotel when I haven’t made it!)
I read an article in a newspaper once about a guy who had started a blog about Awesome things (the little things in life that make you smile) He also now has a number of books (The Book of Awesome). I have a few. They sure cheer you up and remind you about the little things in life. If you need a smile, his blogsite is 1000awesomethings.com
isn’t it funny/wonderful how many of the best things in iife really are free. thanks for the reminder and I wish you lots more of them all
Things I love about life = Connecting, however distantly, with truly intelligent people, such as you. Thank you so much for giving me (us, the interwebs, the world) so much of yourself. Love.
Life – and the possibilities that each new day brings.
Reading, Palomino pencils, Montana skies, aspen leaves, my kids’ brown eyes happy, the shipping forecast, Mount Rainier, smooth ink, life stories. Thanks for asking, Kate. x
Kate we are off to Tobago on a house swap on Thursday … Just jump on a plane and come with us loads of room
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Kate what a wonderful list! Top of mine is having started http://www.cansurviving.com which is for those who want to survive vibrantly after cancer diagnosis – we just made this video last weekend- no it was not sunny but then every day isn’t! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EjEToVN3yLQ&sns=em
I do love that one small speck of humanity can make a differ for others…it makes everything sparkle…
Just want to ask, I left a message yesterday and it said ‘awaiting moderation’– will I get any feedback on this? Thanks a lot.
Just as I send this message, my ,message form yesterday appears- so sorry for my impatience here..so just a comment from Manet the artist now as a sort of thank you – he said to his models ‘talk, laugh, move’…let’s all keep doing this–Kate you are inspirational for so many people- thank you again…
Listening to my son singing every morning…
Cooking for my family…
i realise i don’t appreciate these little things enough. Thanks for the post
Love it when I visit your page and find that you are still going strong, love it that there are people like you, in fact You, whom I have never met in the world, love it that you have had so many of these things and can still appreciate some of them. You are an inspiration Kate thank you!
I’m adding hugs to your list.
The Moon, Sun, rain, even getting soaked to the skin is refreshing, Christmas mornings, family, everybody who I work with, huge old oak trees, would be even better if they could talk.. I love those thingys that you put over your shoes so you can walk with confidence and enjoy it in the ice and snow when it threatens to grind the country to a halt, love music and dancing even bad dancing any dancing in fact.