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On Being Boring

I moved from London to Brussels with my husband nearly 10 years ago. When I told people we were moving, the news was greeted with bemusement: why did we want to move to a city that was possibly the most boring place on earth? Ten years later and I can honestly say that I've had more fun here than I ever did living in London. It might not be the most exciting city in the world but it is a fantastic place to live. It is full of hidden treasures that you probably never get to see as a tourist: wonderful shops, amazing food, great museums and galleries, beautiful architecture, a forest (yes, a whole forest), and so much more... And if that doesn't convince you, well, get on a train and you could be in Paris, Amsterdam, Cologne or, yes, London in no more than a couple of hours... Which other city can you say that about?

Best Friends

Blog every day in May, day 18: Who are your best friends and what makes them so special?

Best friends are people who have known you for a long time. Or not. Sometimes you meet someone for the first time and you just know. You just click.

Best friends are people with whom you feel relaxed and at ease. Although sometimes the best of friends are the ones that push you beyond your comfort zone to be all that you can be.

Best friends are people you can be yourself with. But they are also people who hold you to account and challenge you when who you are is not good enough.

Best friends are people you would trust to look after your children. Or they are the people you’ll entrust your children to someone else for.

Best friends are people you meet up with all the time, for a coffee, for a chat, for a shoulder to cry on. But they might also be someone you haven’t spoken to for months, haven’t seen for years or haven’t even ever met.

Best friends are people who have a lot in common with you. And they are people who are so totally different to you that the only thing you really have in common is your friendship.

Best friends are people who will celebrate your successes, no matter how big or small. They will love you at your best and they will love you at your worst. They will hug you even when you have snot running down your face. They will stay with you when you have nothing left to offer. And they will pull you back up when you are down.

If you are one of my best friends, then thank you from the bottom of my heart. And if you consider me to be one of your best friends, then thank you too. I am truly honored.

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