The Past is a Great Place to Visit

The past is a great place to visit…

…but you wouldn’t want to live there

Like many of you, we haven’t had a break for a long time. September 2019 was our last holiday, and we need one drastically right now.

Next week though, Shelley and I are due a short holiday – a week in a rental on the southern coast of Cornwall. We’re not expecting great weather; after all, this is the UK in autumn and facing the Atlantic Coastline does promise strong winds and chilly temperatures. But we can’t wait. A week of sea air, empty beaches and relaxation.

Whilst we’re there, we’ll probably scan the estate agent windows in nearby Porthleven and cement our goal of running holiday lets and the notion of living down in Cornwall all year round when we retire. How lovely.

This year has been tumultuous for us all, and like you, I’ve been thinking a lot about family and reminiscing about my children and my Dad in France. Possibly a little bit too much dwelling on past good memories. I haven’t seen them in person since 2019, but that’s typical for many of us.

Has it done me much good? Probably not, I do tend to pivot to the past a tad more than I should, and the other day I was reminded of a phrase – “the past is a great place to visit, but you wouldn’t want to live there.”

How about you? Have you been dwelling a little too much about the “good old days” – pre COVID – when the world was different, less antagonistic and critical? Family get-togethers, nights out with friends and a booming economy where everyone you knew had a job.

Probably, most possibly, but not somewhere you’d want to live, just like Cornwall. Our weeks’ visit will be fabulous – all the time in the world to do what we want without the pressures of work, email, and Zoom calls. Maybe retirement would be the answer, but that’s not until I reach age 75.

I’ll send you all a postcard…or an Insta picture or LinkedIn posting instead. Not quite the same.