Today I ended up home alone, so I searched high and low on the Internet for things to cheer me up.
First of all, I found this great post at Barking Up the Wrong Tree, which reminded me of the value in practising gratitude. I’d forgotten! (Seriously my chemo brain is bad).
For whatever reason I try to find three things I’m grateful for each time. Five is too hard. One or two is too damn pathetic.
So. Here goes. For the first time this year…..drum roll.
I am grateful for podcasts. When I’m tired but can’t sleep, or I wake up in the middle of the night these are my saviours. Current favourites include:
- Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me (weekly news quiz from the US. Very funny)
- BBC Comedy of the Week (a bit hit and miss)
- This American Life (again, a bit hit and miss for me)
- Hamish and Andy (Australian radio DJs)
- Conversations with Richard Fidler (my current favourite)
Richard Fidler did a great interview with Elizabeth George. She is such a great speaker. Dare I say, better than her writing?! She’s definitely on my Best Ever Dinner Party invite list.
Am I struggling already to find things to be grateful for? No. I mean this.
I know this stuff, this life advice malarkey. I’ve read it ten times before. The problem is that I forget it.
Luckily, all it takes these days is a quick Google search and we have access to more information than ever before. (As long as you make your own judgement about the non-science based ideas).
I like the randomness too. You start looking at kitchen renovations, and the next thing you know you are looking at cat videos.
Every morning I walk up to my local cafe, two blocks away, and get a large skim cappuccino to take away. It’s what is keeping me alive.