Live it, love it, here and now

live it love it here and now

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You know the feeling when a new month rolls around and you realise the past four weeks have zoomed by at warp speed?

That’s me in a nutshell.

So, I’m trying to be more present.

For example, I have the best commute anyone could ask for. It’s a 20-minute walk one way. But when it comes down to it, I actually find myself resenting it at times.

It’s already nearly 6! It’s going to be dark in a few minutes! WHY ISN’T TELEPORTATION A THING YET?

Which is kind of insane, given it gets in my 30 minutes of exercise a day. Also – not so much on the way home, but certainly in the morning – it’s a really beautiful walk.

Unless I’m early, I manage to miss the throngs of high school students who take over the footpaths (I’m SURE back in the day I used to make room for people coming through; these days packs of kids refuse to break formation for anything) and can enjoy a leisurely stroll.

There are ducks in the (filthy) little creek that I cross.

There’s the divine smell of fresh laundry from the high school (some kids board there during the term).

There’s a woman who I assume works there, who’s always on the bridge having a cigarette, and who always smiles as I pass her.

There’s an adorable kid of about 7 or 8, who always greets me with a chirpy “good morning” as I pass him and his mother along the walkway.

I won’t live and work here forever, so dammit, I need to smell the roses from time to time.

I urge you: find enjoyment in a small part of your regular routine, and take the time to appreciate it every once in a while.

6 thoughts on “Live it, love it, here and now

  • Reply LittleFrugalista August 3, 2012 at 05:38

    Love this. So true! We do focus too much on the negative. I always hated taking the bus to work but then I started noticing a cute little boy that always came on with his mom and made silly faces. Adorable!

  • Reply Miss JJ August 3, 2012 at 19:42

    My daily commute takes me 95 mins one way normally on crowded buses. I find myself thinking of the teleportation thing too often.

    My enjoyment consists of getting a seat and taking a nap. Failing that, I like to glare at mothers ignoring their screaming kids while they yak away with their friends. Or giving said kids the evil eye to see if they can be induced to shut up. Never succeeded yet.

  • Reply fabulouslyfrugirl August 4, 2012 at 14:27

    Thanks so much for this reminder.
    Walking around in downtown, I always pass by a bunch of people looking to sign up others for donating money (I assume), and I always try to walk briskly and avoid eye contact.

    This evening, as I was carrying my laundry basket to return, I accidentally made eye contact, and thought that I was doomed… but turns out the person was just making a funny comment about me walking around with a laundry basket.

    I was so focused on avoiding these people that I didn’t realize what I spectacle I was! It was kinda funny 😛

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  • Reply TB at BlueCollarWorkman August 11, 2012 at 06:01

    Being able to walk to work like that sounds AWESOME. I have my work truck and tools, and I go to job sites all over the city, so there’s no way. So like you said, you better start appreciating it more! 🙂

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