I used one of my old questions, I used to use at work on a client who I’ve recently started to clean their pool for, ‘Jean, on a scale of 1-10, how happy are you with life?’
Without any hesitation she replied, ‘I’m a 10’.
I knew the answer, I’ve been observing her and her husband Percy for a few week now and they just seem to live a life of harmony and balance.
It’s funny because when I visit their home I get a sense of nostalgia, it reminds of my grandparents home. Brass features on display and steel beer jugs as ornaments. It really does take me back to when I was a kid at my grandparents home and it just feels good everytime I visit.
Nostalgia is a funny thing. You can’t quite put a finger on it but it’s a feeling of the good old times, past memories, people that may no longer be around, an old record, or something daft like a packet of biscuits you ate at when you was at your grandparents as a kid. Blue Ribbons and Penguins always do it for me as does the song ‘New York, New York’ by Frank Sinatra or a Rod Stewart Number . The daftest of things can take you back in time.
I always drive away from that pool job happy, reminiscening about the good times of old.
The thing we often overlook is, we’re making memories now, but what memories are we making?
The kids around us will be talking about the things we’re doing now in years to come when we’re no longer around and it’s important we’re aware of the memories we’re making. Are they good or bad? Do you want our kids to remember us for spending our time sat on the couch looking at facebook?
This is where the question, ‘On a scale of 1-10, how happy are you?’ comes in.
We are good friends with a family originally from Blackpool, who have lived in Spain for years. (Ed the packleader) Husband, Grandad and Dad to the family asked me to put him in a blog a few years back, (so here we go Ed, you’re in.)
Originally from Wales, Ed along with his wife Pauline have a family that’s absolutely committed to spending their non working time to making memories, they’re all grafters but down time is family time.
I’ve always found the Jones’s to be really inspirational. It’s what I remember as a kid growing up in a huge family in Manchester. Authentic, honest, working class family where everything is done for the kids and creating good times and happy memories is a priority.
In these modern days of social media and long working days, I think society doesn’t do enough to create enough quality memories to bank up for the future. No one is more guilty of this than me.
I’d work long days in Manchester then as soon as I’d arrive home, I’d be on social media and I still spend too much time on it now.
Don’t get me wrong, I do enjoy peace and tranquility and after a few days of being a social bee, I need to retreat back to the cave but I’m becoming more and more aware of the importance of creating memories that we can look back on and think, ‘Them days were good days’ and that’s within our gift.
The one thing I’d say about happiness is the necessity to create a positive environment for our kids so they understand the need to become positive adults later in life. I believe a positivite attitude is a crucial building block to having a happy life.
Not much of a Spanish theme ruining through this blog other than away from the hustle and bustle, traffic jams, high flying careers, people do have less barriers over here to spend more quality time with friends and family and it’s bloody fab to see communities and family interact like the good old days I remember when I grew up surrounded by family members.
Life is short and non of us are getting out of here alive so be like Ed, bloody enjoy it and try and make as many fab memories as you can!
Hasta Luego Amigos!