It’s so late it’s early, but I don’t care, because I have some exciting news: I have finally passed the 50 follower mark!!!!!! So look, I could have technically written this about an hour or two ago, but I wanted the safety net of having 51 followers. There’s always one who unfollows, or decides that what I write is crap. So hello, to each and every one of you.
Speaking of safety nets, I thought I’d talk about safety nets in my post as well. So, before I start, stop reading (the first and last time I’ll tell you to do that) and think of the one thing in your life that’s your safety net. Maybe it’s a place you go to, when you need to escape; a friend you know you can trust anything with; a song you know will calm you down; a blog that you can read to calm you down, or cheer you up.
Got something? Cool. That’s your safety net. That’s the one thing that you can rely on when times get tough, or when you’re falling. It will prevent the bad things from happening for a while, and can be used to boost you back up to where you started.
I thought I’d write about my safety nets. My places, songs, blogs, people, whatever.
Person: I have one friend, who doesn’t live near me, who knows me like the back of their hand. We text and phone a lot, and they know everything that goes on with me, when it happens and who it involves. They calm me down, and give me advice, and keep me looking forward, with a smile. They’re amazing, truly.
Place: My place isn’t all that specific, because I feel that travelling calms me down. Most weekends, I leave home early (independently), and hop on a train, headed for somewhere. It really chills me out, and gives me thinking time, not worrying about who’s watching, or who will tell my friends or family about the look on my face. Those early mornings are my saviour; I don’t know where I’d be without them.
Blog: This person, if they’re reading, probably knows they’re about to be mentioned. Elm is one of my go-to bloggers when I’m down. There’s no point lying that her posts aren’t always positive, but when they are, they’re brilliant, and when they’re not, it’s nice to help someone else – someone who I know outside of blogging – with their troubles, rather than my own. However, she’s not the only one I go to. LyfWithEm is also another blog that I instantly go to when times are tough. She’s such a talented writer, and works magic with words.
Time: The early morning is my time. I love being outside, and feeling the sharp, cool air slap me in the face; I love to hear the first bird of the morning, tweet it’s calotype, and then listening to its friends and family call back; I love the peace, without the hundreds of people around me; I love the smell of the grass, and the way the air smells early in the morning, and I love the touch of fresh dew on my fingertips, and the half-open flower buds in my fingers. Yes, I really do love it!
Song: I like to listen to Breakaway by Kelly Clarkson on the days when things have gone wrong. It just sounds so beautiful, and has such a strong, important message.
Maybe you guys have some personal safety nets, that you’ve discovered either before, or during the post. Tell me in the comments; I’d love to hear about them!