There's always new boats on the docks or in the river when Smiley and I are in town, but we just walk on by. Rarely are they wheelchair accessible. Then last Sunday I got the chance to tour a ship that was visiting Dublin, and so did my eldest and youngest, and we minded Smiley between us. It was a wonderful experience, doing something where everything was strange and yet vaguely familiar from TV and film. I could have stayed on board all afternoon asking questions, soaking up the atmosphere and the fresh air and just enjoying being somewhere different and feeling free.
You *might* be able to see how happy I am.
And I realised that when I feel tired of life and living it's almost always because I feel trapped. And I bet that's why so many others do too. Trapped by poverty, duty, health issues, work, and even habits; unable to break free. But surely if you're stuck in a rut with no clear escape route, it is hard to find wonder in the same routine, the same food, the same places and the same problems. Maybe a bit of freedom is vital for happiness, and isn't that what we're all looking for these days?
Amid the usual speed bumps there were other reasons to be cheerful too:
- A trip to a local shopping centre made extra special by random people making a fuss of Smiley, which she enjoyed with gusto, of course.
- A surprise visit from one of my nephews who stayed for a couple of nights. This meant family meals and board games: always good.
- A night out with three of the fab four.
- And today I got another taste of freedom while Smiley enjoyed her last few hours of day respite. I spent it - yes I'm sure your guess is right - by the sea...
Lots more reasons to be cheerful over at Ojo's World.