Just 4 more sleeps …

We take a break from the camera and megarider travels this week and I am on  a count down to freedom … well freedom of one sort at least.

If I only make my work journeys this week I am expecting my ticket to weigh in at an exorbitant 11pence per mile … but I am sure Freedom will see me making some fun journeys again on the weekend.  One thing I am very aware of from the past 14days is that week and weekend lost their meaning; each was simply a day offering the same possibilities.  It was nice not to have to run around cramming in grocery shopping at the weekend.

So I bought my normal £24 weekly megarider when I boarded the bus today; weather guru was his usual cheerful self and the bus was still its intermittently squeaking self!  Weather guru did not need to provide a forecast today … blue skies and sunshine had been replaced by a blanket of pale grey cloud and there was no sign of it breaking up.  To cheer us up here are a few pictures of blue skies, prettiness and sunshine …

I had dreamed last night that I forgot to get off the bus at work and had kept going on my travels and then had to catch a bus back to work … sadly I all too readily slipped back into the old routine!  Some of the stress threatened to overwhelm me as I got closer to the building but I dug deep and hauled the serenity back into my centre.

Then horror … it has never happened to me before … I could not remember my password; I knew the word but I am very good at using strong passwords which mix numbers, upper and lower case and characters … I had to ring and get it reset!  Obviously the holiday has made me totally serene to the point of forgetfulness.  I had also lost my mouse, gained a phone charger and nearly broke my neck because someone had altered my chair to the lowest possible setting … welcome back!

I have not spent an entire day inside a building for several weeks and by mid morning my face was burning and I felt hemmed in … I should not have worn fuschia today – it clashed with my ruddy cheeks by lunchtime – more make up tomorrow me thinks and black attire.  However it is nice to go back with a bit of colour so it looks as if I have had a holiday.

Anyway with just 4 more sleeps to freedom I know part of what tomorrow has in store – we are doing lunch.  I declined to say where  my only provisio being no curry – so it will be  a surprise.  Less of  a surprise is that they have circulated out that they are making  a leaving collection – I hate fuss and given that there have been a few veiled hints from other folk outwith the immediate team I suspect that could happen tomorrow too … serenity can help me out there too.  It is being organised with genuine affection and I shall be gracious – it is after all the people I will miss that have made sure I returned this week.

Today I:

  • Remembered to get off the bus;
  • Forgot my password;
  • Looked forward to seeing team members – it was returned when one of them who has been off poorly said the only thing that kept her going was thinking about being here for my last week;
  • Told a few more folk about my big journey plans; and
  • Didn’t get a call from my Mother because today they moved house … they did live 20 minutes away and now they are 7 hours away – I will miss the ad hoc lunches and arrangements made at the last minute to share a meal.  They also took a precious cargo with them – they are expecting puppies in a few weeks and with any luck one of them will be returning to live here – but that is all in the future and I am grounded in the moment.
Today’s statistics: Cost: £24;  Miles travelled: 49.6; Steps taken: 2,640; Photos taken: none

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About nonehpets

I have an interest in how interior design and adapting a home to support living independently for longer can be complementary. The blog Life Long Design is part of an holistic plan for establishing a social enterprise which will offer the people of Tayside opportunities to explore Telecare and the wider scope of assistive technologies. Enabling individuals to make more informed and responsible choices in the care and support they need in their independent living. I am also keen to see public transport more widely adopted and sustainable rural bus services in particular supported. The Blog Travels with a Megarider shares my journey to find serenity in my life as I make that transition form employment to social entrepreneur. One of my methods in increasing serenity is to travel as many miles as I can on a fixed price bus ticket and explore my own local places of interest. Places that I used to go past and had never stopped to look at; places of peace and tranquility; places where I have had some wonderful conversations with complete strangers. I would like to share with you a response to when I described that one paragraph in an e-mail made it sound simple: "Believe me, Cathy, it does not sound simple. You are taking on an incredible challenge for all the right reasons. It is ambitious and admirable - the sort of project that can change lives, including yours." He is right it is ambitious but when did we every achieve anything by settling for the status quo and ignoring what doesn't work for people? So I would welcome your company from time to time on this journey either simply as a reader or if you are brave enough adding your own thoughts to the comments as you feel moved.

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