As city natives, we're used to an unhealthy mix of stress and mundanity on a daily basis. We've built an immunity to happiness: but this is probably due to the fact we've realised the lengths we have to go to to pay our monthly rent, which must be paid on top of bills, on top of living costs: food, water, transport.
Aging is about saying goodbye and a reminder of the ephemeral nature of life. Botox and plastic surgery are the favoured companions of many these days but they appeal to our fear of life and by inference, death. It is a sad indictment of our society that we do not value older people or the process of aging.
With the only access to direct sunlight through the adjoining kitchen she wanted to know what she could do to brighten up the area without a major overhaul. We talked about the colour palette that would work best and were drawn to bright pinks, golds and turquoises to complement the other features in the room.
Albertina- this gentle pensioner had recently lost two grandchildren- one in a road accident and the other from a heart attack. She had just returned from comforting her daughter who is 'coping' with the loss of her two children. Albertina is teaching herself French to take her mind off her lost grand kids...
Living situations are one of the most important and impacting factors for students, and the hardest to get right. Most of my friends have either found that perfect living partnership, or its been disastrous from beginning to end. I belong to the latter party, the one who's dreams never seem to come true.
The longer I live and explore a spiritual life the easier it gets. When I started off my adventures I visited a dozen or so different faiths and I got down and dirty with the meditation, the praying, the mantras. I had the patter and the pose, but none of it felt right. Some of it felt convoluted or ridiculous. Most of it didn't quite fit, it was someone else's story, someone else's journey.