|Posted by Shortie Williams on December 12, 2016 at 11:30 PM|
Hi. Yep I think we've almost got a day off!
I must be feeling more relaxed at the moment as I am up early with a cup of tea and sitting here feeling like writing.
I hope you are all well and enjoying your winter.
It's a time of year for many that has a warm feeling, a glow although it's cold outside.
I remember working 7 days a week and stupid hours as a self employed plasterer just to survive Christmas. To give something to the family, that little extra special, presents for the kids and most of all to be able to pay all our the bills and taking that valuable 2 weeks off and relax.
That 2 weeks of Christmas was so important to me.
When i was stuck in traffic travelling the 30 to 40 mile journey that most days took me 2 hours, even leaving at 5am by the time I hit the city or even on the M25 I could be static in a line of vehicles that could be all the way to my destination, knowing I had a hard days graft and then contemplate the probability of an even worse journey home, I would think of why I was doing it! and the thought of these 2 weeks kept me going!
You're probably wondering why I wasn't thinking of my summer holidays, but the fact is, I spent many years working at least 6 days and mostly 7 days a week doing around 12 hours a day and bringing up a family, I couldn't afford a holiday and trust me, plastering is no easy way to make a living however, it could be rewarding in the good times and cruel in the bad.
I have always been hard working and ambitious but never greedy. I don't have many asthetic things to show for it but I have some things that have made it all worthwhile, things that money cannot buy.
I am fortunate enough to have Jules. I am fortunate enough to have some great family and I am fortunate enough to have had the most amazing 10 years that has made all the hard work worthwhile. Nobody can take that away. I've had it.
I am fortunate enough to believe there is plenty more to enjoy, but it don't come easy. We still have to struggle a bit to make it work, but this struggle is more worthwhile.
Each Christmas I still get that glow even though I have no need to work for it, it just happens now.
So when I said that I hope you are all enjoying your winter, that is what I meant.
Whilst sitting in that traffic with my Thermos flask tea, I would never had let myself believe that I would end up living in the sun on a beautiful island, my life was there to provide and I could not dream that of anything that big.
Work hard, pay your way and enjoy the things in life that are within your grasp and maybe you will find the thing that is beyond your wildest dreams. I hope so.
The build up to Christmas is the best part of it, so enjoy it.
I know there are some that for circumstance cannot enjoy it and my heart goes out to you. I wish I could change that for you.
Now I have to listen to everything that I have said, pinch myself and realise what I have, because it is easy to take life for granted.
So, I'm off to enjoy my day and feel good about it too.