I´ll be missing you

last night i sat in a bar with my friends having a last beer before they left for england.
in the background, a song was playing.  several years ago , this song would have made us all stop still in our tracks and listen to its words.  Yesterday, i struggled to hear the words over the banter of my friends.
what were they discussing ? absent friends? Life´s regrets? no!!
the latest wide screen tv, sat nav for one of the five cars, private number plates, mobile phones – infact just about all of the must have gadgets  and items to beat the Jones´s with that you could imagine.
imagine, how pissed i was, i did my best to curb my feelings but couldnt.  their response was weak at best but i did wonder if they learned anything from their past experiences – sadly , i think not.
Then of course , this got me to thinking about what changed my life………….
with the end of each life, there is a period of time for reflecting. some call this grieving but not for me. reflect on what each person has added to your life and ensure you are using all of your time well. for some, this means rushing home to watch eastenders, the bill, whatever it is you want to veg out to. for me, that is what i would rather do when i am too old to walk, too fragile to climb steps, too blind to see, to deaf to hear.  you never know when the knock will be on your door.
so , how did i today end up in the algarve with the life i have? not because i was born with a silver spoon in my mouth, not because i won the lottery, i paid attention to what was happening to others around me and decided that i wanted more from life, i took risks, big risks and stupid risks but they all paid off – why ?
inspiration to be where i am now came from 4 very good friends.
Ryan Gurnsey
Princess Kirsty Masters
Grahame Woodage
Debbie Ing
i have seen lives wasted for no good reason – i hate to watch as others go the same way

Have a moan - the beers are on me !!

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