Sunday, 9 September 2018

The Importance Of The Unimportant


I know that one of the very basic rules of blogging is to use a self-explanatory title for your post rather than something enigmatic that doesn't quite make sense, but if anyone can advise me on how to come up with a title that is a) self-explanatory, b) short enough to fit on one line and c) actually makes a post sound interesting, then please let me know.

So yes, sorry for the enigmatic title. Let's see if I can sum it up in a paragraph instead shall we? (Unlikely).

The idea for this post came to me last weekend, when I was really quite hungover in London and decided that I couldn't face the tube back to Kings Cross so decided to walk the 45 minutes from my friend's flat instead. It was a beautiful sunny day and the walk triggered a memory.

Back when I lived in London, on a different beautiful sunny day, I needed to make the trip from central London back to my house in Lewisham. I decided that seeing as it was such a nice day, I'd start walking the bus route and hop on it when I got tired. I ended up walking the whole way. It took me two and a half hours, most of which I spent getting lost in places I'd never been before, but there was something so perfect about just walking with no real worry or purpose other than to eventually arrive home.

In the grand scheme of things, this memory is unimportant. Nothing special happened that day, I didn't see or do anything spectacular, but it's one of my favourite memories of living in London. I did lots of great things in London; I started university, I saw the fireworks on New Year's Eve, I graduated, all of which should be important memories. Yet the memories that mean the most to me aren't conventionally important at all; that two and a half hour walk through the capital, going to Toys 'r' Us with Nick to buy each other tamagotchis, getting lost near Seven Dials and spinning round to decide which direction we should take.

The things that seem unimportant can actually be the things that end up meaning the most. There's importance in the unimportant and extraordinary in the ordinary, if that's how we see it.

This got me thinking about the way we view our lives in the now; comparing ourselves to people on Instagram who always seem to be doing something exciting, always trying to plan our next adventure or work towards the next milestone in our lives. I'm not denying that the big things are important, of course they are, but when we feel like our lives may be mundane or that nothing exciting has happened to us for weeks, in years to come we might remember that 'mundane' time as special.

Let's live for the little things and cherish the unimportant moments.

Do you have an 'unimportant' memory that's important to you?

Amy x
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  1. oh gosh I love this so much, I have so many "unimportant" memories that mean the world to me. You've really got me thinking about them all now, thank you Amy!! xx

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    1. Aw I'm so glad you were reminded of them lovely! xx

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  2. This post makes me so happy, thank you for writing it! It's so true that we get lost and obsessed with the big things, the big moments, but when you look back, the big memories are made of the smallest things.
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    1. It's so important to treasure the little things isn't it! xx

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  3. It's funny how this can often be the case, right? I often find it's those little moments after a big event that are the most special, like travelling back somewhere falling asleep on someone's shoulder etc. haha :) Lovely post, Amy, very sweet!

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    1. Definitely! All the little things surrounding the big :) xx

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  4. Sounds like a really nice memory to have, I think it's great to explore London and a sunny day makes it all the better. When it's good weather, I usually walk from St Pancras or Blackfriars and it's great to discover places that I don't usually see!
    Have a lovely day :)
    Rosanna x
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    1. It was definitely nice to see places that I never would have otherwise! xx

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  5. Awww I really love this! I wish I can walk around and get lost more often. Everything is too far apart where I live. When I travel I am usually on a tight schedule so I can't do much of it then. This made me feel nostalgic of when I lived in Brasil and had no job, but I had a lot of time on my hands to explore and get lost. Thank you for sharing! <3

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    1. I wish I did it more often now! I never walk for no purpose anymore xx

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