Are you happy?
Seriously ask yourself that question. I don’t mean do you like your job and the car you drive, I mean deep down at the basic level of life, are you really happy? It’s a heavy question, and perhaps one that most of us never really ask ourselves because we are probably too busy or maybe even too afraid?
It struck me the other day that as happy as I am in life, I’m in danger of missing the point. You see I am becoming more and more busy with work, a fact that carries the bonus of more money and therefore more opportunity to fill my life with the things money can buy.
Recently I’ve bought a laptop computer, a cool new flat screen Apple computer, new digital phones for my studio, a new DVD player, and just the other day a new mobile phone. Loads of stuff that a few years ago would have been beyond my financial reach.
The benefits of having a little more money are noticeable and of course enjoyable too. But this afternoon as I sat in a car at Caldy Beach watching the sun set over the Welsh Mountains and the River Dee, it dawned on me that this was the first time in a very long time that I had done this.
I used to watch the sunset across the Irish Sea or the River Dee on a regular basis, sometimes once or twice a week. Back then I lived in Birkenhead, a place not readily blessed with natural charm or beauty. A place that I took every opportunity to escape from in order to bring some form of balance to the chaotic and hectic cruelness that seemed to plague the town I never once called home.
Back then I aspired to make my escape from Park Road South, to get to a…. [Click here to continue reading this article at ‘Meanwhile’]