Yesterday was a wonderful day. I woke up beside my partner and fell in love with him all over again. I visited my family and ate delicious food. I went for a swim and discovered the exquisite joy of moving easily over the water. These are all small things, and in fact they are all things that happen on a daily basis.
In a new personal project, I am trying to develop an awareness of the ongoing pleasures of life, that are not (or should not be) lessened with time.
Advertising tells us that new is exciting and good – that new is better than old. I am learning that old and new can be the same thing if we can learn to see with new eyes. I remember when love was new – when I fell in love for the first time. I remember my first really good swim. I remember my first fine dining experience. This doesn’t change the second ones, or the third ones.
I don’t want everything to be new again – I cherish my growing experience of the world. But I want to appreciate the old, valuable things – old loves of people, experiences, hobbies – and to never take for granted how wonderful they are, every single time.