Friday, 10 May 2013

What I Live For

Today, I'm taking part in 'What I Live For', an online event organised by author Satya Robyn. People like me all over the world will be sharing what gives their lives meaning. In Satya Robyn's novel, 'Thaw', Ruth gives herself three months to decide whether she can find a reason to carry on living.

When I initially thought about what gives my life meaning, I instantly thought of my family. My children and my husband are what I live for. That seemed like the right answer and yet something was missing. Life carried on as normal, school runs, family meals, bills to pay, and still that 'something' eluded me.

During a writing session, the 'something' tapped me on the shoulder with a cheerful 'ta-dah' and I wondered why I hadn't seen it in the first place.

What I live for is not only my family, those three souls who have dragged me through a roller coaster of house moves, tantrums and laughter over the last decade, but for what we are together. I live for the memories we have built and revisit every week. I live for the things we share, good and bad. I live for the stories we have written together and the hardships we have overcome. I live for the stories we 'will' write in years to come, the paths we will walk and the future we will build together. It's a cliche, I know, but we truly are more together than we are as four individuals.

I live for the rich, enchanting experience that spending my days with my family brings. What do you live for?

10 comments:

  1. Wonderful, Fi. Thanks for taking part!

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    1. Thanks for running the event. Good luck with your new writing identity.

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  2. Family is a great thing to live for.

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  3. I identify so much with this - writing is our soul, our spirit... without it we die!

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  4. Yes family is always the priority, and yes we are more together than apart. Sometimes clichés really do express what we want to say! I too am joining in with Satya's day of celebration here- http://inaroomofmyown.wordpress.com/2013/05/10/what-i-live-for/

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    1. Thanks, Edith. I shall pop over.

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  5. In the US this weekend, we are celebrating Mother's Day, so my family is at the forefront of my mind today. We are very lucky, you and I, to enjoy the souls with whom we get to travel this life.

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