It’s not even midday yet but I have experienced many emotions already…is it due to the time of year I wonder? Short days, long, dark evenings and the run up to Christmas with all that silly ‘worrying’ about whether you’ve spent enough, spent too much, bought the perfect gift for the right person etc. etc. etc. really don’t do any of us any favours.
My first emotions today were those of excitement and fun as I marshalled for the first time at the local ‘Park Run’. Oh. My. Word. From simply clapping the first superstars who run at (what appeared to be) the pace of Mo Farah, to singing to those who are not so fast (I thought my singing would spur them on…to get away from me), it was a super experience. So many of the runners really appreciated being clapped and yelled at (in a positive ‘Well done’ ‘Great running’ sort of way) and many shouted back, ‘Thanks Marshall’. It was a real team effort, and very rewarding.
Not long after arriving home the postman popped some mail through the letterbox and I have to admit I felt super-proud when I saw one letter which was addressed to Leigh Walton B.A. (Hons.). It is over a year since I graduated after 6 years of studying for my degree and I still get a buzz when I think about my achievement. If you have ever thought about studying then make 2019 the year to do so – it’s never too late to learn something new and you will invariably make new friends too. I was way out of my comfort zone at some of my tutorials with class A students, but I persevered and came out with a respectable 2:1 grading: not bad for a secondary school student whose French teacher told her, ‘You won’t even get a CSE’. I did – I got a GCSE!!
I then opened a card with a letter inside which made me so sad. Maybe some of the tears were due to my emotional state of mind just now but the content of the letter really touched me. It was from a friend (an ex work-colleague) who lost her life-partner a few years ago. In her letter she talked about her struggle with life ever since. Both were only in their fifties when he passed away and it was totally unexpected. The thing here is they were one of only a handful of couples that I know who really were soulmates. The love they had for on another was deep, respectful, genuine – and actually visible to anyone who met them.
Now, I know many couples who clearly love each other but this pair were (and are) a couple whose relationship is one to be envied (in a good way) and applauded. I feel so sad for my friend and I cannot really comfort her because I have no idea what she has gone through…and is still going through. I can only hope my reply brings her a minute of happiness as she reads it – and a smile to her lips as she remembers the ‘jugs’ – a personal joke I’m afraid readers!
Wishing you a Healthy and Good Christmas!