December 22, 2013 § 3 Comments
A couple of weeks ago I came to a realisation: I have been living in London for over four years and much of the time I haven’t really made the most of it (travelling aside).
The odd concert here and there. A fair few West End shows. An almost ritual-like attendance at Wimbledon.
But to have lived in one of the worlds most dynamic cities, where there is an over-abundance of things to do and see, I’ve not had the experiences that I can, and should, have. I’ve decided that is about to change.
In life, you are only young and free from responsibilities (in theory) for a short amount of time. And in that time you’ve got to enjoy every second of it. The ability to be that little bit selfish is a luxury that goes out the window with a house, career and the 2 ½ kids. I’m not ready for those things quite yet (though the career would be handy).
And so (get ready for the clichés) – it is time to live life to the full and make the most out of it. To treat every day as if it were the last. To be money poor, but life rich.
First up was heading to Vauxhall Village’s outdoor screening of Miracle on 34th Street. Watching a cheesy Christmas classic, wrapped up in a blanket, with a cup of mulled cider on a Tuesday evening, as the trains sped over-head (we were under the Vauxhall Arches), was the perfect way to head into the festive season.
It might have been that little bit more perfect had I had company, but doing something on my lonesome is not new, and was never going to stop me, nor should it stop you. Why hold yourself back from doing something you love, just because no one else wants to be your ‘plus one’? Head out on your own and realise that, really, it’s not that scary to go solo.
Next up: heading to the 40th Floor of the Heron Tower to dine at Duck & Waffle. At 2AM. Whose with me?