How many years of your life will you spend wishing you were someone else?
Wishing you were taller
Wishing you were stronger
Your hair should be straighter
Your eyelashes longer.
How much time will it take to realise that you are just beautifully you?
You are so special
The only one in this world
You don’t have to straighten your hair
Or get your eyelashes curled,
If you don’t want to.
The people who matter, if you’re really wise
Will speak with much love
Shining out from their eyes.
They don’t see your imperfections
And you won’t see theirs.
As long as you’re happy
Neither one of you cares.
Open up all your closed doors
Let everyone come in
Be rid of insecurities
So your best life can begin.
Life’s not all about
Being a look alike Elle Macpherson
It’s all about being you
You most incredible person.
Remember that day when we met on a Monday and it rained.
And I was depressed, full of anger, but you, full of hope, you never complained.
And to me the world seemed so grey, so bleak.
You held my hand so tightly, you just let me speak.
Then piece by piece you put it all back together.
Happiness isn’t about money or weather.
It’s about intangible feelings, love and contentment.
Leaving the past where it is, letting go of resentment.
Then we laughed and you said “let’s get some chips”
Just like we used to when we were just kids.
We dined in such splendour, the chips were my treat.
Giving thanks by the goddess at the end of the street.
Photo by Philip Allen 🙏
It’s raining hard, the day is grey
You’ve chores to do and bills to pay.
But don’t forget to laugh.
You’ve been dieting for that important date,
But the scales are saying you put on weight.
But don’t forget to laugh.
You dropped your phone, you heard it smash,
It doesn’t help that you’re out of cash.
But don’t forget to laugh.
Anything can happen to you my friend,
But you’ll see the humour in the end.
As long as you keep breathing
And your heart continues beating,
You’re still around and living on,
Whilst others have already gone.
They would love to laugh.
Artwork by Shelly Wilkerson
They were just children really, most of them,
Back in the days when boys became men,
Far too soon.
They were just scared really, glory in sight.
Full of bravado and banter, ready to fight.
But they all left their homes, patriotic and brave.
Some came back broken, some couldn’t be saved.
Heartbroken families, wondering why?
Why so many young men left home just to die.
They certainly did give their lives for our gain,
Dragged into a war, someone else’s campaign.
So, lest we forget, wear your poppy with pride.
Remember and never let their sacrifices subside.
As the sun goes down, they will be recollected
And in the morning their memories will always be respected.
When they say there is no point
It will never be completed.
That’s when you have to step up your game,
Don’t you ever feel defeated!
The greatest achievers in history,
Didn’t always make the grade.
But they got back up, they bounced right back,
Not beaten, just delayed.
Where would we be if they gave up
When the door slammed in their face.
There would be no planes, no electric lights,
No satellites in space.
You might not be a genius, in the true sense of the word.
But every single one of us
Has something to be heard.
Our children they look up to us
So don’t forget to praise them.
Show them nature, teach them grace,
Tell stories to amaze them.
No matter their physical abilities,
Or the daily things they face.
Every one of them is brilliant
Don’t make them change their pace.
Nothing is impossible,
No challenges can’t be met.
Have some belief, head high, be strong,
It just hasn’t happened yet.
Our heads are full of memories,
Some beautiful, some bad.
Some make us smile, some make us laugh and some just make us sad.
Our heads are full of hopes and dreams,
Of all the goals we’ll make.
We plan ahead, we plot our paths
Decide which turns to take.
But don’t forget the here and now,
See the love and match it.
When passion is thrown straight at your heart,
You only have to catch it.
This life of yours, short or long,
Is yours alone to nurture.
So, fill it full of happy days,
Present, past and future.
When you can’t do it on your own.
When you can’t battle through the weather.
You must reach out, it is no crime,
to ride this ride together.
We all live through the same wild storms
and try to talk the talk,
keeping our troubles deep inside,
whilst watching where we walk.
Sometimes just accept some help,
to survive and make it through.
Then when others are struggling at the helm,
you can reach out and help them too.
Even after you’ve flown the nest,
even when you’re grown,
it’s not a sin to hold out a hand,
you don’t have to be alone.
Wherever you are in this great big world,
if you settle or you roam.
Make sure you keep your loved ones safe,
just walking each other home
It would be easy wouldn’t it to put everything down to fate?
Really, so much depends on the action you take and the decisions you make.
The place you find yourself in today is entirely down to the choices you made along the way.
Maybe the only choice you can make on the bad days is to see the good, to see the things you have to be grateful for, there are always things to be grateful for….
Let’s not underestimate the power of being in control of our perceptions, our emotions. Let’s not allow the small stuff change from lakes into oceans.
Change your ideas into goals from your dreams, then make a plan, take some action, as hard as it seems.
Today do just one thing that makes you feel proud, don’t waste your whole life following the crowd.
Go your own way, switch off the Sat Nav, making your own path isn’t a bad habit to have.