There you go I said it… now this post might leave you thinking I’m a total ungrateful brat but I’m gunna say it anyway. I have had the best year and a half ever, seen the most amazing things and ticked off a lot of the bucket list but…. (and here it goes) I don’t feel lucky!!
Now let me explain, it’s something we here all the time. “Oh you’re so lucky” “I’m so jealous you’re lucky to be on holiday again” “look at everywhere you’ve been, you’re so lucky” “you’re so lucky it’s summer, it’s freezing here” I’ve heard every kind of lucky you can think of. I’m kind of tuned out to it now but as someone said it the other day I thought about it a bit more. Am I lucky? I don’t think so and here’s why….
I didn’t win the lottery, or meet a genie to grant me 3 wishes 🧞♂️(I have been waiting so long to use that emoji in context). My fairy godmother didn’t come down from the heavens and wave a magic wand. I – without risk of putting words in Joes mouth -WE worked bloody hard to be here! And we’ve worked even harder to stay here. We are having a ball and obviously I’m grateful for the opportunity but I still don’t feel lucky. The way I see it is we made a choice and not an easy one. I left a job I loved that I don’t know if I’ll ever go back to and that’s something I think about every day, we left behind friends and family. And we prioritised our love for travel over buying that house or getting that promotion! I don’t regret one minute of it but think… would you tell someone they were lucky for getting A’s in A levels? Or getting that promotion they worked months and months for? Not only have we worked hard to get the money to afford our travels we’ve worked at how we do it! Made changes to our lives and habits and tweeked small things to make it work for us. So to be more specific… I don’t feel lucky for the opportunity. Sometimes I feel lucky for the perfect sunset or the best stars and I felt really lucky to have seen a sperm whale but you have to put yourself out there for a chance to witness all these things! A whale wasn’t going to jump out the Thames while I was having a pint down the Boathouse now was it?
^I think I’ll be sharing that photo for the rest of my life at every opportunity.
I love it, I’m happy, it’s not for everyone but it works for me and for us. I guess what I’m getting at is if you want something work hard until you get it we’re no different and definitely no luckier than anyone else! This world owes you nothing, and you could be a long time waiting for that fairy godmother or your 3 wishes… 🧞♂️