I’ll be the first to admit I can be a bit of a moaner. You should see me in the staff room at lunch, although (in my defence) I’m not on my own!
My classic moans are along the lines of:
The other half isn’t romantic enough
Why drive at 20mph in a 40 zone, at 8am in the morning!
Work can be a bit shit at times
Where would you even buy a fleece with owls on when you’re 40? (You know the ones, usually in red or blue, and not in any way a cool owls pattern)
I’d like to be a bit thinner
Disney ear things on car aerials actually make me want to scream (apologies in advance if you have them but I just don’t get it!)
Why can’t I win the lottery?
Dearest other half, there’s a gap when you tried to close the curtains
A bit whiny and petty I’m sure you’ll agree. (Apart from the lottery one. Seriously, I’ve already spent my first million in my head!)
But then, sometimes, you hear something that shocks you to your very core and puts all those silly moans into perspective. And then after getting your head around the first shock, you may get hit with a second, that makes you realise you’re actually a very lucky bugger. When these things happen the fact you may have to nag your husband to buy you the odd bunch of flowers seems irrelevant and you take a few minutes to be grateful for what you have.
So whilst I’m a whinger, life is actually pretty kind to me and I am so lucky to have:
A husband who is my bestest friend and loves me, but also knows me well enough to put me back in my box when I need it (not literally, obvs)
A gorgeous little boy who I adore and thinks I’m the best thing since sliced bread
2 fantastic parents I see at least 3 times a week and are always on hand to help out when needed
Some amazing in-laws who treat me like their own daughter
Great friends who I’ve shared the good and bad times with
Our dream forever home in a lovely little village
A job that (despite the odd moan) I enjoy for a large proportion of the time
2 crazy little dogs
And most importantly, my health and the health of my family and close friends
So whilst I have all of the above, the moaning can be put on hold for now. I need to appreciate what I have because you honestly never know what is around the corner, and if something unexpected ever does appear on the horizon I know I’ve got an amazing crew watching my back!