5 things I have learned

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This year, we went back to Vancouver where my husband and I had lived while we were doing graduate studies. The trip brought back many happy memories, and one of those memories involved the wife of a professor who had been a guest lecturer at our college. I don’t remember what the topic was, but, as a psychologist, she had mentioned in passing that the ability to change and grow was a sign of good mental health. Spurred on by that happy memory, and in a desperate attempt to show you that I am of sound mind, here are five things I have learned in the past year.

1. Despite my own irrational fears, it turns out that turning forty does not immediately knacker you to the point where you can’t cope with jetlag. It’s not fun, but it’s not as bad as I remembered…

2. I can use a petrol lawnmower! This has been a revelation. Machines with engines do not spontaneously combust when I attempt to use them. Next stop – the strimmer!

3. I am pretty handy with a saw. My ‘core’ may be saggier than I would like, but my biceps are now bigger (than they probably should be…) as a result of a fallen tree which is now in bits and neatly stored for cosy autumn fires.

4. I will never be Rachmaninov – but in my attempts to pick up a new skill (please see my previous blog ‘And not a Harley Davidson in sight …’) I am making slow but steady progress learning the piano. Apparently it’s the best thing to stave off Alzheimer’s…

5. It’s OK not to get involved in someone else’s mid-life crisis. Especially when it involves my husband buying a Shetland pony. The pony is very cute and affectionate, but I don’t feel the need to erect electric fences, talk to the vet about ‘gelding’, or muck out the stable every day.  I have learned to walk away …


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