On life

Victoria Wood in Dinneladies

It’s been an introspective couple of days here in Ash Towers (otherwise known as Casa Juanita in these parts). Hearing about the passing of yet another golden light this morning – Victoria Wood – has left me once again reflecting on life and swearing to make the most of the time we have in this experience. Incidentally – she was one of my favourites and together with the likes of Julie Walters she’s right up there on my list of those I’d like to invite to dinner!

“Life’s not fair, is it? Some of us drink champagne in the fast lane, and some of us eat our sandwiches by the loose chippings on the A597.”

– Victoria Wood

Simply put, I’m not one of those people waiting for retirement before getting out there and having an adventure. If the passing of those like Victoria Wood teaches us anything it’s that we don’t know what is around the next corner so make the most of life NOW and don’t wait. It’s about quality not quantity!

I do believe that life is eternal and that while our the vehicle in which we currently inhabit (our body) may fall away at some point, our souls continue on. And the passing of several dear family and friends in recent years has helped me to bring that into sharper focus through a variety of experiences.

Nevertheless, when someone we love and admire passes on, it presents an opportunity to celebrate and marvel at their life as well as think about making the most of our own.

I very much doubt that we would be here in Mexico today had both our mothers not passed in the last few years. Their passing as well as that of my dearest cousin Ciaran (same age as me) caused us to take a good look at our lives and make some changes. It would be very easy to settle for the status quo and continue the hum drum life we had in the UK – going to work Monday to Friday etc. There is no doubt we were comfortable but we were not satisfied and we were growing increasingly bored. For years I had been itching for a new adventure abroad and fortunately I have a career that enables me to have a little bit more freedom at work.

The leap to Mexico was a much bigger deal for Matt – leaving behind his hometown and a stable job. I am in awe of how he’s embracing this new life – trying to find work, learning a new language and being at home 24/7 for the first time in his life. There are days when the frustration of work leads not coming through can get too much or the pressure to pay the bills is weighing on his mind, but he keeps getting back up and trying again.

We’ve left behind so much but gained so much in terms of our quality of life, sense of community and deepening and forging friendships. To me – this IS the quality of life we’ve been seeking for years and this is about living life to the full. Exploring new views together. This IS life!


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