The lovely Kate has been questioning what truly makes us happy in life. I questioned the exact same thing the year my Mum died. As I spent her last days sitting by her side I realised that the only thing that really mattered to her was her Children and the Grandkids. Her only regret was that she didn't get to retire and spend more days at the seaside with her Grandchildren.
Mum told me that she was so regretful that she didn't spend more time with them. My heart broke for her and the following year I questioned my own life. In a midst of grief and confusion I swore that I would live my life with no regrets. That year my life crumbled around me. I questioned everything and everyone, I cried, screamed, shouted and lost the plot. Papa and I separated.
Alone for twelve months I struggled with life. Being a single Mum was bloody hard work. I was lonely. I was full of sadness not just grieving for my Mum but grieving for the relationship I had been in since I was a teenager. I felt so lost.
Papa and I got back together and for the next twelve months we retreated to a small village by the sea in the beautiful North Devon. We questioned our happiness and what we were going to do with the rest of our lives. The simple tranquillity of our surroundings forced us to realise that living a simple life had totally changed us.
We were happy. We had found our answer to happiness. With that knowledge we packed up and headed off to Essex to be close to our eldest Son and Granddaughter. We have never looked back.
After Kate's prompt to ask our kids what makes them happy I asked my youngest. Her response....
Slightly disappointed I asked "Anything else...like fluffy bunnies, the seaside or your family?????"
"Eww...No Mum, just Harry Styles!"
Well, I guess that proves that kids have to learn for themselves. At least its not Bieber anymore!
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