January 8th, 2020

Good morning

It's 5.03 am.

I'm up; I'm awake; and I've my first coffee poured.

I thought I'd start with a favourite quote:

“If you're reading this...
Congratulations, you're alive.
If that's not something to smile about,
then I don't know what is.”
― Chad Sugg, Monsters Under Your Head

It's taken from Chad's book of poetry, which is great.

But think about. 

Mostly life is, well, something to be got through. Hell, it's already Wednesday and you can bet your bottom $$, with the break we've just had, people in work will already be talking about the weekend:

"The weekend can't come soon enough."

This doesn't (always) mean they miss the most important part — i.e. life — but when do they actually stop and acknowledge it?

Now?

I doubt it.

They're too bloody busy.

Not that I'm out to lecture anyone, despite how it might sometimes appear, but, please, if you do nothing else today, take a quiet moment to yourself to reflect on the gift of life. Yes I know you'll be suffering in some regard (sorry, that's life...🙏) but being here, really, is the greatest gift. 

Not to put a too finer point on it but having worked for nearly a decade in the funeral trade (I was studying to be and qualified as a lawyer at the time), trust me, when you're gone you're gone and there ain't no coming back. Therefore, make the most of the time whilst you're here because it won't come again.

Much love ❤️, Ju.

My tweets

Being vegan

I'm now in my 9th year.

I'll write another time about the reason I made the switch; I wasn't, at the time, eating much meat or fish and so it was pretty easy.

The thing I wanted to say, at least so far as the UK is concerned, is, at last, retailers understand that there is a market for vegans and even though they don't have a section marked 'vegan', their food labelling now carries the vegan trademark or they tell you it's vegan-friendly. 

I know this might not sound like a big deal but it saves me/us heaps of time when we're doing a shop. 

The best retailer for vegans — and it's a close-run call — is Aldi. 

As to eating out, it's still piss poor and the independents don't get it: being vegan is not a fad and it's not difficult to prepare something other than a limp salad or borning pasta. Get your act/s together, please.

Ju.

🌱

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