It’s quite easy to let tiny things bother you, isn’t it? Just this morning I got very irate because Morrisons had run out of limes, which is actually pathetic. I’m also partial to a bit of loud sighing or a small tantrum if someone’s on the piece of equipment I want to use at the gym, if I forget to bring my lunch to work, if a car journey takes even 10 minutes longer than expected, or if some other such nonsense and entirely unimportant but annoying thing happens.
I tend to give less focus, however, to appreciating the equally small things that give me the opposite feeling. That’s why today I’m making a point of recognising life’s great little moments; there are literally hundreds, but let’s go with 10 for now, because it’s a nice number and I’m sure we don’t want to be here all day. Some are moments of relief, some are moments of love and some of them are just plain stupid, but they’re all moments I enjoy:
1) When you take the first sip of a fresh cup of tea at the perfect time. If you get overexcited and go in early it’s too hot and you feel like your tongue is on fire and your mouth is ruined for the next few hours, but leave it to cool down too long and you risk forgetting about it. When you finally remember it’s likely to be a bit like drinking pond water, and that’s not pleasant. Getting it bang on is just so darn satisfying.
2) When you arrive at the gym and you’re not feeling it at all and consider going home to bed, but then out of nowhere end up absolutely attacking your workout or even smashing out a PB, and feeling great because you’ve unexpectedly worked your (sweaty) little socks off.
3) When you wear something new for the first time and feel a little bit special as soon as you put it on. Especially good if you then walk into work/a party/wherever you’re going and someone says ‘nice shoes/jacket/lip colour’ AS SOON AS you get there.
4) When you get home after a long, busy day to find that your boyfriend/girlfriend/housemate/other has made one of your favourite meals. Good food is absolutely one of the things that should bring you pleasure, but one of the main joys of this for me is not having to make the decision about what to eat, which is the worst part of all dinner plans, mostly because of this situation:
‘What do you fancy for dinner tonight?’
‘I don’t mind, what do you want?’
‘I don’t mind either’
‘Okay, what shall we have then?’
‘I don’t mind.’
And then you both combust and die. Okay not quite, but oh god please someone just decide because no one minds.
5) When you catch your reflection in a shop window as you walk past and have to look again because wait, that person in the cracking outfit looking sassy is YOU. I mean this has probably happened to me just once but it certainly gave me a spring in my step that day. Has anyone else has experienced this? Please say yes.
6) When you make a good ordering decision in a restaurant. Isn’t it so pleasing if you are trying to decide between a few different things, and what you end up ordering turns out to be fantastic? Bonus points if a waiter walks past with one of the alternative options and it doesn’t look that great; you have managed to avoid both ordering regret and food envy.
7) When you finally decide to crack on with the most dreaded item on your to-do list and just get it over with, and it takes a lot less time and is a lot more painless than you imagined it would be. Such a perfect moment of relief.
8) When you have your eye on a nice little gift for yourself, like a new dress or bag, decide to exercise self control and wait a little while to be sure that you REALLY want it – and then find that it’s half price when you eventually take the plunge and get it to the till. Woohoo, more money for cake!
9) When you gain some time you weren’t expecting to have – if a meeting finishes early or is cancelled, if your journey takes less time than anticipated or if you’ve set some time aside for a task and it doesn’t take anywhere near that long to complete it. You’ve cheated the clock, you’re free to do other things and perhaps you’re a time lord…either way, it’s a great feeling. These photos were actually taken as a result of one of those moments; I finished work a bit early, meaning I could get to the gym quicker, and then still have time afterwards to fit in an evening walk with the boyf while it was still light – the fact that we didn’t expect to have time to do much that evening made it so much better.
10) When you’re on your way to meet old friends or friends who live far away after a long period of not seeing each other, and you feel quite nervous when you’re about to knock on their door or meet them at the station – and then as soon as you see their lovely little face/s you know there was absolutely nothing to worry about, because nothing has changed. ❤️️
Dungarees – New Look | Top – Primark | Trainers – Converse | Sunnies – Primark
What are your favourite little moments?