Welcome to Sum up Sunday. A weekly update of my thoughts, feelings and experiences for the past week. Enjoy.
In case you hadn't noticed, February 2021 started on a Monday and will end on a Sunday. Four perfect rows. That's about as exciting as life gets at the moment and all I have to talk about is how aesthetically pleasing a month looks in the diary.
I'm serious, we've all been through seven days of the same old thing, nice long walks, bit of exercise, maybe a FaceTime or two, binged a series on Netflix, the same as we've done for what seems like forever now.
But it's not the same every day, is it?
It might feel like we're doing the same thing day in, day out, week in, week out, but no two moments are the same. Even if it's something similar to what you've done before, what you're doing in that moment has never been done before, ever.
The reality is, The earth hurtles through space at 19 miles a second (some serious Strava Kudos)
The 'same old' walk you went on yesterday is actually almost 20,000 miles away.
It's a pretty outrageous point to make as we can't feel the planet beneath us bombing it along, but there is a lot that can change in a short space of time and there is always an opportunity to notice the beauty that surrounds us all, every day.
Next time you're on a walk, look around you and notice something you've never seen before. Even if it's been right under your nose this whole time. Take a moment to appreciate it. Better yet, take a picture. Once you start noticing these little things, you'll be surprised at how often things go unnoticed and how much of your world there is to see.
I think a reason why so many of us are so bored with this current situation is because of our longing for things. I can't wait to have a drink at the pub, I can't wait to go on holiday, I can't wait to see my family, or I can't wait for things to go back to normal so I can start this and that.
But we might not be so lucky. I hope, just as much as any of you, that we get to go back to some form of normality in the not too distant future. But for me personally, I know that wanting and waiting for something that is out of my control is unhealthy and will always result in suffering.
I know that my days in this life are numbered, so when I wake up in the morning, I try and remind myself that today could be my last chance to live, so I'm going to make it count.
I'm not talking about going on a mad one and smash the place up.
I'm talking about ticking off all the things on my to-do list for the day, connecting with my wife and son on deeper levels than ever before, having conversations with friends and family that are meaningful and being inspired by the world around me.
Don't get me wrong, I'm not even close to having these days as often as I'd like and some day's I'll be engulfed by the distractions on my phone and telly. But for every day I'm here, I see it as an opportunity to beat the man I was yesterday and that is all I can do.
This week's recommendations
Ardy's Hour 5/52 is ready and waiting. Please give the playlist a follow so you can be kept up to date throughout the year.
Instagram page I've been enjoying - @footyfaceswap
As silly as it sounds and even better if you know the players they're swapping.
Book I've just finished - Greenlights by Matthew McConaughey
I was gifted this book by a friend and I'm so glad he sent it to me. One I'll definitely go back to.
Video to watch - LCD Soundsystem Home
A great story of a robot that comes to life and has the time of its life.
I hope you've all had a lovely week. If not, that's ok. Life isn't perfect at the moment and so many of us are facing struggles we never even imagined. Have faith that this storm will eventually pass and we will all get to hug each other once again. Unless of course, you're not a hugger then we can fist bump.
Ardy's will remain closed until further notice. Please sit tight and grow those beautiful locks, hopefully, it won't be too long.
Just because I'm not cutting, doesn't mean I'm not here to listen. send me a message if you need anything. I'll help in any way I can.
Lots of love, Ardy x
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