A long journey

A long journey

This has been my view for the last 10 hours, in the Perth to Dubai leg of my trip to the UK and Europe. This is the first time I’ve left Australia since going to Russia for the treatment, and I had forgotten what long haul flights are like ! It’s been fine and Emirates are a good airline, but I’m aching and cramped. The toilet line was huge, and we had a spoiled child screaming intermittently.

I’ve been listening to a podcast from The Minimalists here https://www.theminimalists.com/. While I don’t agree with everything they say, I do like some of their concepts and principles for leading a simpler life. The previous post, about “enough”, was partially inspired by one of their podcasts. This podcast was about de-cluttering social media and removing time wasting activities. So I have removed Facebook from my phone. I’ll still use it on my laptop, but I will try and make my usage more deliberate and less about mindlessly scrolling through advertisements and junk videos. It’s amazing how much time you can waste and I always feel a bit fuzzy after the barrage of celebrity gossip, kitten videos and dubious news sources.

From the last post, someone who understood my view of “enough” came back with her view that having “ enough time” is precious. That’s the one thing I don’t have enough of, so this stepping back ( not away) from Facebook on the phone is one step to free up small chunks of time. The extra time will probably be for reading, or crochet, or brushing the cats … in any case for an activity where I don’t walk away feeling distracted and empty.

Just a couple of recent cat photos. Still furry, still eating lots, shedding hideously in a Perth spring.

Sitting now in Dubai airport, in McDonalds as they have power points there for phone chargers. I don’t really feel guilty for not ordering anything, as the queue is huge even though the cafe isn’t that busy.

What an example of consumerism in this airport, luxury outlets and huge duty free shops. Just feeds into my “enough” philosophy although I have just bought a very neat little backpack as my shoulder bag (travelling hand luggage) was just a tad too heavy for comfort. I am happy with that purchase, as it will improve my quality of life.

This “enough” is enough to be comfortable.

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