By Sue Trollip
I’ve been watching a lot TV. Netflix. It’s free movies and TV shows for a nominal monthly fee. Fantastic! (You could argue that the nominal fee makes the free part inaccurate but I disagree, it’s almost free and that’s good enough for me.)
Weeds is where I started. It’s an oldish show, but I’ve never seen it before. Series One is all I needed because I’m not really enthralled by the family drug business. What I loved most about this series was the theme tune. Little Boxes it’s that 1960s song we’ve all heard before by Malvina Reynolds:
Little boxes on the hillside,
Little boxes made of ticky tacky,
Little boxes all the same.
And the people in the houses
And they all look just the same.
And it got me thinking, then worrying about how to make sure I’m not living a ‘ticky tacky’ life, a life that’s ‘just the same’.
Then I turned to a series called Life. I tuned in because it has Damien Lewis in the lead and although he’s not handsome, what with being a red-haired dude and all, he is an excellent actor (see The Forsyth Saga et al) and he has a lovely mouth. Kind. Anyway, his character in Life, Detective Charlie Crews, said that every day should be a celebration, and I like that idea. (Charlie Crews had just been released from a 12 year prison sentence so he needed to celebrate in all ways.)
I hope that if I celebrate each day individually it will make my life more substantial and less ‘ticky tacky’. Now there’s celebrating with chips and salsa, or ice cream, or even margaritas but I’m not talking about that kind of celebration.
I’m suggesting a few minutes to stare at the moon, or to watch the wind dancing with the leaves on the trees, or the sight of a dandelion shimmying in the late afternoon sunshine.
So this is a reminder to appreciate what’s around you.
Dare to live differently!