Little Gems: in the wake of tragedy


I’m currently writing this with a view of a swimming pool, ocean and Albania. In that order. Oh and I have one hand curled around a glass of wine so I can’t promise that this isn’t going to be a rambling mess.

I brought my laptop with me to Corfu with the idea that I would have loads of writing time. When actually, apart from the odd bits here and there, I’ve mostly just read several books and lazed around whilst eating copious amounts of Greek salad and baklava. And that, quite frankly, is more than fine.

As the title suggests, this post was supposed to be one of my usual Little Gems posts. I first started making little lists of things that had made me happy a few years back, when I was going through a particularly shite time. Focusing on tiny, happy things really helped me get through the day and it’s something that’s stuck with me. So I like to try and do them at least once a month as I find them really quite… therapeutic? I feel it’s important to take time every now and again to appreciate life.

But right now?

Well, a bomb went off in Manchester.

So chatting about a cool book I read recently or how amazingly clear the sea is in Corfu seems, right now… daft. Like I’m being self-absorbed or insensitive in the wake of such grief.

Even though I know it’s important to focus on the little happy things now more than ever. To appreciate every single moment in life because you never know when those little moments might be over forever.

But, right now, there are some whose lives have been shattered beyond return by a completely barbaric, senseless act of violence.

So the main thing I’m appreciating right now? That none of my loved ones, and I know how easily they could have been, were at a concert in Manchester.

I struggle to believe that I live in a time where it’s becoming standard to wake up to news of people strapping explosives to their bodies and blowing themselves up in a crowd of children. I long for the day when it isn’t.

Sending love and hope to those who lost their lives in Manchester, to those grievously injured, and to all those left behind.  

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