Today has been a stark reminder of that, from one minute to the next when we take life for granted we can be missing something so amazing!
Having recovered from ME/ Hashimotos Thyroiditis/ CFS/ Fibromyalgia and the myriad of other names that the Drs give these ínvisible´ but oh so nasty illnesses it has been time to move on with my life.
I have found that most people who come through these illnesses want to just forget about the past and put the occasional flare that they have of symptoms down to just overdoing it a bit! I don´t want to forget, I want to use this as an opportunity to help others and I hope this blog provides useful information, it´s not positive thinking it is Positive Actions! It´s about the blood tests you need, treatments I undertook and their effectiveness, diet changes I made and why and yes I still do get flare ups but I know how to manage them. Underlying this was the determination to do whatever it took to get my life back. In the process I actually now have a better life and cannot be more grateful.
My new life currently in Menorca has been so fulfilling that I have even forgotten to blog for a while. I´ve been inspired but enjoying the moment too much and events recently have reminded me about living in the moment.
The job is around the hotels in Menorca giving me the chance each day to wonder at the beautiful scenery around me, the incredible history and friendly people. Doing what I love best and that is motivating people to be the best that they can be. Showing them how to develop confidence, learn a new skill and when the time comes for them to leave, this Mother Hen will be proud of what they go on to do next!
My team make friends over here that I don´t have the time to do, so it´s not all a one way street – they teach and help me too which feels like a great working relationship.
One of those new friends runs a great bar that has become a favourite respite from the very hot sun that we enjoy. Called Castaways in Los Delfines. Run by a young guy just in his 30´s as a long standing family business.
The other day we were taking our break and his young child about 3 years old was in the bar too. Small but very loud trumpet at his lips, blowing away to his hearts content. After about 10 minutes it got a bit too much and we grumbled a bit, but how can you stop a child having such fun….. his father realising that it was annoying people scooped his child into his arms and was throwing him playfully in the air. All tensions were broken as the childs giggling laughter replaced the annoying trumpet noise and smiles came across all the customers faces. I watched for a few minutes the sheer joy and love between them. Then it was time to leave and return to work.
Just 4 hours later I took a call. Shocking news. The father left work on his lovely Harley Davidson motorbike to head home to his wife and child. At a junction he miss judged the bend and the bike fell on him, A heavy crushing machine, taking his life in just an instant. No one was to blame just a total freak accident. Life is so easy to lose.
In Spain a funeral happens really quickly, preferably within 24 hours, which feels shocking to me from the UK as we tend to have a least a week to get used to the idea. Here the queue at the families home drifted on for hours after the service. So many young people in tears, a family devastated.
Life is precious, do whatever it takes to make the most of it. Remember those precious moments of love between family and friends…it may be all you have in that moment so enjoy it.
Pictures of my love affair with Menorca.