The Importance of Family

In the hustle and bustle of our busy lives it becomes easy to overlook certain things, one of which is the importance of family. My family, including those who have passed away, are very important to me in my everyday life.

The image above is a picture of my Gran and Grandad – Monica and Vince – along with their three children, Paul, Michael and Julie (my Mam, on the right). My mam was around 8 at this point, shortly before her father, my Grandfather, passed away.

Unfortunately, just a few years later, Michael, the baby in the photo, also passed away. I never got the chance to meet them, but I’ve always thought about them, and since I acquired my Irish Citizenship in 2016, my Grandfather, who was from County Mayo on the west coast of Ireland, has been on my mind a lot.

This year marks the 50th year since his passing, and lately I’ve been visiting the cemetery where he is buried with a view to ‘refreshing’ his grave as at present I don’t feel like it’s a well maintained tribute to his legacy. My Gran is unwell with Alzheimers so she’s not really in the position to make sure it’s maintained and that his legacy is honoured, so I feel that the responsiblity has now passed onto me.

It’s important for my to continue my Grandfather’s memory, for his sake and for that of my Gran, who I’ve always been close to, and who has had a challanging time over the years since Vince died.

How I continue to do that plays an active part in my daily life, and I’ll certainly be sharing more about this right here on my blog.

What will today bring?

Today is a day at home from me, away from the hustle and bustle of what everyday life has become. One of the advantages of working from home, and for yourself, is that you can set your own schedule, within reason anyway.

I’ve always been a bit of an independent spirit, so working for myself seemed like a natural fit. Having spent around 13-14 years working in hotels, I’m now taking the time to explore new things that interest and excite me, and one of those things is a bit of self reflection right here on my blog.

I do have a few tasks that I want to complete today, one of which is planning my travels in 2019. Places I want to visit include:

  • Oslo, Norway – for a return visit after I spent a week there this year
  • Bergen, Norway – at least twice – to visit my Great Aunt and Uncle, and the rest of my family
  • London – at least three or four times – to visit my brother, who now lives there. He’ll be visiting home three or four times as well, so that’s nearly once a month one of us will be up or down there.
  • County Mayo, Ireland – where my Grandfather is from
  • Dublin, Ireland – for a short break

With the amount that I travel it’s also important for me to have a job/career that allows me to be mobile, work from where I am and be able to plan my own diary accordingly. I’ve found that self employment gives me all of the above and more, and although it is difficult at times, on balance it works well for me.