Not Here Forever

I was out walking last weekend and was struck by the thought that I won’t be in Newcastle forever. I was walking across the park, on my usual usual route home when I gazed across at the sunset and people passing by.

I know it’s an obvious thought when one comes to think of it, but we don’t live our lives in this perspective. I don’t go around thinking: I only have a limited number of times left that I’ll walk across this park, that I only have a limited number of days left in uni, a limited amount of time to spend with my friends I’ve made here. It’s profound and I don’t think our Lizard Brain can handle the fear of this limited time, so we fool ourselves by thinking we’ll be here forever.

It’s moments like this that remind us to be grateful for the things we have in our lives. I know I’m grateful to have a beautiful park to walk home through every day.

What are you taking for granted in your life?

P.S This was inspired by this Wait But Why blog post.

P.P.S I wrote this a couple of weeks ago before the rapid spread of Covid-19 had really reached the UK. After returning home after the closing of uni, perhaps it is even more relevant than I first thought.