When I saw the questions for our Twitter Friends Tag, I have to admit my heart sank a bit. I saw the question …
If you could relive one day of your life again, what would it be and why?
… and I thought how am I going to answer that?
Sitting under a cloud of depression and anxiety, I just could not immediately think of a day I would like to repeat.
I was imagining all sorts of Groundhog Day scenarios and it was causing me some stress.
However, if you have read the post you will know that I did manage to find a sensible answer.
I would like to go back to the first day of my first ever boating holiday.
That holiday was the start of something big for me. It made such an incredible impression, that, when asked what my dream life would be, I always reply “to live on a boat” …
We went on to have many boating holidays and each one offered new adventures. Different boats, different locations, different crew, but always reigniting that passion. Boating is under my skin.
I am usually happiest when near water, which is why most of my YouTube videos have water in them somewhere. To be near boats, especially narrowboats, is just heaven.
That very first boating holiday was actually a boat on the Norfolk Broads. It was an amazing adventure. My brother and I could help with steering the boat, learn the ropes, trail our little plastic boats in the river, climb, jump, balance along the edge of the boat (much to Mum’s concern), watch the ever changing scenery, be close to nature. Every day was different and exciting, and we had no fear. That was key I suppose.
Adult life comes along and spoils things. We learn things about the world that we wish we didn’t know.
I want to look at that question another way now. The alternative answer, where it occurred to me that I could choose a different day to live again, and maybe change the events.
Just before Christmas 2005, I discovered my child had cancer. It was three days after his sixth birthday. Up until that day we had been told that he had tonsillitis. After many weeks of being unwell he had an emergency scan, and that showed that he had a massive tumour in his sinus cavity.
Many things have happened since that day and I would not want to change everything. I always think of Doctor Who and time travel back in time. The characters often have to preserve historical events, because just one tiny change could be catastrophic to the world.
But. Please. Let me change one thing. Let it be tonsillitis. Everything else can happen. Just not cancer.
Thank you for reading