5 reasons why I love getting older
Does it seem funny that I love getting older? I really do! I wish I could go back in time, give my teenage self a big hug and tell her everything’s going to be OK. Because with every year that goes by I feel more at peace with myself.
Here’s what I’m looking forward to about getting older…
1. Watching my son grow up
Shay has a big year ahead of him: learning to crawl, walk, and best of all to talk. I can’t wait until he says “Mummy”. Honestly, I feel a bit teary-eyed just thinking about it! Being called Mummy is a huge grown-up milestone for me. Like many mums I often feel like I’m winging it, but Shay trusts me to do the job and I take heart in this whenever I wobble.
2. Exploring India
Seeing as I’m crazy about curry, it’s ridiculous that I haven’t been to India. I desperately want to go. Curry for breakfast! Also, my boyfriend Kieran is half Indian, so I want to see his family in Goa and introduce Shay to his relatives. I’d love to learn more about Ayurvedic medicine too. Ayurveda is based on the holistic idea that wellbeing comes from balance between body and mind, and it involves food, meditation and yoga. Could that be any more me?!
3. Learning new skills
Like the handstand I planned to do before my birthday but, erm, didn’t. But I’m not giving up, because I do feel I’m getting a bit closer to achieving my goal every time I practice! This year I also want to do more pottery and sharpen my golf game. Does golf surprise you? I used to go to the driving range as a child with my family and I found whacking balls around really satisfying. Plus, golf is such a male-dominated game so I like the idea of proving women can play.
4. Ticking off my London bucket list
I love London, but I’m not sure if I’ll live here forever. I grew up a stone’s throw from where I live now. The idea of spreading my wings and doing grown-up things like growing my own veggies in my garden is quite appealing. But while I’m here, I want to enjoy the best of this amazing city! I’d like to relive the childhood I loved in London with Shay: trips to the Tate, crossing the top of Tower Bridge, renting a boat in Richmond and rowing down the Thames.
5. Saving money
I’m very good at spending money! But I want to focus on saving now because I have a goal: a sabbatical. For the last few years Kieran and I have only taken about five days holiday a year. I know, I know, that’s not very balanced! We talk about taking a big sabbatical and travelling the world with Shay before he starts school. Wouldn’t that be amazing?! There are so many places I want to go: Sardinia for crystal clear water and fresh fish; Japan for the tea ceremonies and to learn how to make sushi. I don’t know exactly when this sabbatical will happen, but having it in the back of my mind makes saving money surprisingly satisfying.
What are your dreams for the years ahead? Come and say hi on Instagram because I’d love to know what you’re looking forward to about getting older.
Love, Madeleine xx