Remember that 90s film, ‘A Life Less Ordinary’? It was one of my favourites. I had a massive crush on Ewan McGregor, in fact, I still have. There was something in the title of the film that shifted my expectations about what life could be like.
At 35 a lot of ‘should bes’ creep in; should have a partner, should be having kids (in fact probably should have done already, since you’ll now officially be classed as a ‘geriatric mother’), should have a decent sized house, should be earning a good salary, should have a pension and savings, and should know what you’re good at by now.
That’s what most people your age are doing, isn’t it?
I’m part way there to some of these things and would absolutely welcome the others, but they just haven’t arrived yet. So, I’m going to continue to take full advantage of the freedom of having no kids, no huge mortgage and a curiosity for what I might be good at next.
I choose a life less ordinary because right now, I can.
With this freedom, I choose Barcelona next.
I decided to write this blog, not only about my experiences in Barcelona, but also my approach to life, for several reasons.
Firstly, lots of people in my life seem interested in how my new adventure will unfold.
Secondly, I often meet people who say ‘you’re so brave, I wish I could do something like that’ - maybe I can share some inspiration and advice so they can make it happen for themselves.
Third, as a trend forecaster, I spend a lot of time researching and writing about how other people are adopting new ways of living and realised I could also be writing about myself.
Lastly, I recently noticed that somewhere buried in the back of my mind was a belief that I couldn’t write - so here I am getting over that.