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9 Reasons Why I Am Thankful For Where I Live

live so close to London

Before I get started on this post properly, I want to make a couple of things completely clear.

First of all, this is not some jingoistic, politically fuelled post.

Second, it is not a boastful post where I am saying where I live is perfect compared to everywhere else.

After the last few days where home life has been in complete uproar, and not in a positive way, it has purely got me thinking about what I am truly grateful for.

Why I am grateful to live where I live.

I’ve seen posts before about being grateful for things and in all honesty, I’ve skimmed through them. It’s not until things happen to you personally that it makes you stop still and think about what you have.

So here is a post dedicated to things I am most grateful about in terms of where I live.

1. Healthcare

I know for many it seems an obvious one, but to live in a country where you can turn up at a hospital and be treated cost-free at the point of need is incredible. This particularly plays a critical role in my case with my Epilepsy.

And as of last Sunday morning, it played a huge part when my husband collapsed whilst running a half marathon not far from where we live. The paramedic care was brilliant and he was surrounded by a medical team within minutes of him collapsing. He spent nearly five days in hospital where he was given heart scans, ECGs, blood tests all on a regular 24 hour basis. His kidney trauma was treated and I am thrilled to say he made a full recovery and is now home. There were no costs or charges thrown in to cause extra stress. Or the worry that he might not even be treated.

live where there is free healthcare

2. Education

Compulsory education for all children has been in place since the Victorian times. How fortunate that we have the ability to educate children from young child to adulthood. In fact, education does not stop. For those who want it, learning doesn’t stop. Albeit Universities have fees, at least we still have the choice.

live where there is education for all

3. Royal Family

I am not ashamed to admit that I really love having a Royal Family. I find their history fascinating and appreciate the hard work that they do. Many of our royals seem not to put a foot wrong, ever. And of course, if special occasions arise that enable more Bank Holidays then who am I to argue?!

4. Weather

It appeals to me that I live in a country where we experience four different seasons. Granted at times they can be very blurred, and often it seems summer takes forever to come round and then disappears a week later. That said, I love the seasonal changes in terms of trees, clothes shops and even the TV adverts are tuned to the yearly changes.

As much as I love digging out the flip flops and make leg shaving more of a routinely activity, I do still love wrapping in eight layers to watch the fireworks. Walks in the freezing cold air whilst dressed in a huge coats, scarves and funky hats are just as special as hazy Summer evenings with the smell of barbequed food wafting around the neighbourhood.

Rain will always be there of course!

Ultimately though, I love the variety and think we are lucky to experience them all. Even if it happens on the same day! I once took my class to a swimming lesson and we had all weather systems in one trip. Bearing in mind it is a ten/fifteen minute walk there, we had: rain as we left, followed by huge gusts of wind. The sun literally popped out for about a minute. More clouds came over. And I kid you not; it hailed. Hard.

All in fifteen minutes.

If that’s not variety (and bad luck!), I don’t know what is!

love having all four seasons

5. London and its Buildings

I don’t think I’ve met someone yet who doesn’t like/love London.

There is so much to see and so much to do. There are some cities we’ve visited where all the monuments, cultural highlights and places of interest are exhausted within a day or two. But compare that to here; I’ve lived no more than fifteen minutes away from London my entire life and even I haven’t seen or done it all yet!

I’ve seen many changes; developing skylines, added transport links etc. Every time we get a train into town, Sam says how he loves the fact that there’s a new crane or two compared to the last time we went. (Honestly, every time. I can pre-empt it!) To my parents, who used to work in/from London, some parts are completely unrecognisable.

But every inch of London oozes history. It’s survived plagues, bombings, fire, industrial change, and so much more.

And that’s what’s so fascinating and special about it.

I don’t think I’ll ever get bored of it.

love living so close to London

6. Parks and Green Spaces

This is so important. We are lucky that even in our capital city, there are lots of buildings but also plenty of parks and green spaces that can be accessed. There are many built up cities across the world and yet, we get the best of both. It’s possible to be in a bustling metropolis one moment, and then five minutes of walking later and you feel completely at calm in parkland.

love having parks and green spaces

7. Transport

We once went on a transport-themed day out in London to celebrate my Dad’s birthday. Over the course of the day we went on a bus, tram, train, tube, taxi and boat. We even went on the London Eye to say we’d flown too! The relatively recent addition of the Emirates Skyline has increased our options too. It’s great living in such a well-connected part of the world, and where transport is (compared to some places) quick and affordable.

I am lucky in that where I live, I can be in the centre of London within fifteen minutes, and London Gatwick Airport in thirty minutes.

transport

8. A Day Out For Everyone

You want a day at the sea? No problem.

You fancy a walk in the countryside to have a picnic? You got it!

You want to go climb a mountain? Sure thing!

You want to shop till you drop? Absolutely!

No matter what you feel like doing, you can do it.

Admittedly some might take more planning than others but ultimately there is a day out for everyone. We’re helped of course that so many lovely locations for days out are well preserved by charities and organisations whose sole purpose is to look after these places for our and future generations.

In fact I could do three out of those four things and I wouldn’t even have to travel beyond thirty minutes.

love to shop

9. Convenience When Needed

I discussed this one with Sam earlier, and I couldn’t believe, when I thought about it, just how many things now we can get delivered right to our doorstep. I am one of those who absolutely adore Amazon Prime. When it first came out I was sceptical and thought to myself, how will I need something so urgent that it turns up the next day, or even the same day?!

It didn’t take me long to fall into the ‘I need such and such and I need it within the next 14 hours and 33 seconds’. Often, when I’ve forgotten the birthday of someone special, I need something even sooner!

And then of course there is groceries delivered to the door as well. Which I must admit, is definitely a plus in stressful situations. Or when life just doesn’t allow a visit to the supermarket. Similarly, take-away food services can be a little treat for the end of the week, or a better solution when the kitchen is just that bit further away from the phone, or when you’ve run out of dishwasher tablets. (First-world problems…!)

Whatever the reason, conveniences such as home delivery, whatever it may be, is something that I have and will continue to utilise. Not for everything of course- I do love a mooch around the supermarket and the shops, and would always want that to exist.

But it’s good to know that in certain situations, such conveniences are there for you.

It just makes life that little bit easier.

pizza delivery

So there you have it.

Actually, on reflection, there are many things I am grateful for about both the country and locality I live in.

What makes you grateful about where you live?

 

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30 Comments

  • Reply
    Suz Vickery
    April 9, 2017 at 8:08 am

    Yes, it is always good to appreciate your own backyard. We have travelled all over NZ before leaving to come over here. Coming from New Zealand, I know how lucky we are to be able to live downunder and away from most of the troubles of the world. At the moment we love our lifestyle in the Northern Hemisphere and learning about how other people enjoy their slice of paradise.

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    Sarah
    April 9, 2017 at 8:29 am

    I think the UK is amazing for all the reasons listed to – I think people overlook all the amazing things because it’s easier to complain and find fault. Sure it rains a little to often but hey that helps the plants grow and that’s no bad thing 🙂 I hope your husband is back fighting fit soon! Sarah (@sarahpluslaura.blogspot.co.uk)

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      Donna
      April 9, 2017 at 11:21 am

      Thanks very much 😊 I agree it is often too easy to find fault.

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    Donna
    April 9, 2017 at 8:32 am

    It’s always nice to be able to appreciate lots of different places too. I’d love to be able to experience the Southern Hemisphere 😊

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    Linda (Circle of Daydreams)
    April 9, 2017 at 8:55 am

    Thank goodness your husband is okay. I’m very grateful to be in Australia. We have terrific healthcare and great education too.

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      Donna
      April 9, 2017 at 11:23 am

      It’s been quite a week! I’d love to visit Australia. It’s on my to do list. I know a few people who have moved over to Australia and would never even consider moving back.

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    Rachel
    April 9, 2017 at 11:08 am

    I think living in London we take alot for granted. Thanks for sharing

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      Donna
      April 9, 2017 at 11:44 am

      Indeed. I think this would hit home if I lived sonewhere much more remote.

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    Brenda
    April 9, 2017 at 1:46 pm

    I think it is a good thing to look around us and appreciate where we are and what we have compared to so many other places in the world. Makes you realize what you take for grants. Know I was reading about UK but so many things applied to Canada – free healthcare, education, green spaces and even the Royal Family!! Thanks for making me realize this morning how lucky I am.

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    Donna
    April 9, 2017 at 2:13 pm

    It’s very easy to forget about things we have that so many people don’t. 😊

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    Josy A
    April 10, 2017 at 9:11 am

    YES!

    I live in London too and agree with all of this. But you left out the thing that I love most about this city! Good, cheap food from all around the world. London has git so much better over the 10 years in terms of quality and variety of amazing things to eat.

    The only thing I have started to really hate about this city is the pollution. It has given me asthma, so now I can really feel it on bad days.

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      Donna
      April 10, 2017 at 3:23 pm

      There certainly is lots of food choices available you’re right 😊

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    Ritu
    April 15, 2017 at 7:51 am

    So true! I’m glad I live in the UK. Wouldn’t have it any other way@

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      Donna
      April 15, 2017 at 8:25 am

      I love visiting other places but always want to come back home.

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    Matt
    April 15, 2017 at 7:55 am

    Im with you on the Royal Family…Im a massive royalist and I often get the mickey taken out of me….but who cares. Long Live the Queen!

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      Donna
      April 15, 2017 at 8:26 am

      Absolutely! I have the same attitude 🙂

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    Noelle
    April 15, 2017 at 8:15 am

    I live in Cork in the South of Ireland I’m grateful for all the beautiful places close by to visit. We live in the city, so Iove being able to enjoy the city itself and takeaways 🙂

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      Donna
      April 15, 2017 at 8:27 am

      Nice! I haven’t yet been to Cork, it is on my to do list 🙂

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    Emmalene
    April 15, 2017 at 8:18 am

    This is a great insight Donna, and sometimes we spend so long focusing on the negatives that we don’t always see the wonderful things on our doorstep. We’re visiting London at the end of next month, and out of all the cities in the world I’ve visited it still remains one of my favourites 😁

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    Donna
    April 15, 2017 at 8:28 am

    Great! How long are you visiting for? Are you going to anywhere in particular? I hope you have a fab time 🙂 I know I am completely biased but London is my fav.

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    Lucy
    April 15, 2017 at 8:49 am

    Love your blog and post!

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    Donna
    April 15, 2017 at 8:49 am

    Thank you very much 🙂

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    Debbie
    April 15, 2017 at 11:59 am

    It’s so good to hear your reasons for loving your life in the UK, it is a great place to live. We lived there for a year on a teacher exchange program Andy loved it. I often write posts and share photos o of where I live in Australia because to me it’s just so beautiful, peaceful and easy going. Continue feeling proud of where you live, it’s better than many alternatives 😂

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      Donna
      April 15, 2017 at 4:55 pm

      I shall do – good advice! I have still yet to visit Australia, I know quite a few people out there now so it’s on my hit list. Thing is I would want to be out there for at least 4 weeks. I will get there!!!

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    Traci York
    April 15, 2017 at 1:28 pm

    One of these days I hope to make it across the pond and visit London – your pictures make me want to go even sooner!

    I’m grateful for the house we rent, that sits on the edge of a huge acreage of woods so we feel like we’re in our own little world, but is only about a mile from “civilization.”

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    Donna
    April 15, 2017 at 4:56 pm

    That’s a good balance then really 🙂
    Yes come on over if you can, lots to see and do!

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    Parul
    April 16, 2017 at 7:15 am

    What a lovely post full of gratitude. My husband visited London and had been in awe ever since. He tells me it is one place we can settle. How I wish it was as easy as in our words and thoughts.
    I live in Bangalore, India and I’m grateful that my rented apartment is close to where I work. I’m grateful that there is greenery around and in my small balcony I have my own little garden 🙂

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      Donna
      April 16, 2017 at 2:57 pm

      It’s really been great hearing about the different places where people live and all the positive reasons. Love the idea of a balcony garden 😊

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    Becca @ The Married Cat Lady
    April 16, 2017 at 3:23 pm

    This was a great post! You’re right– sometimes we get so caught up in the day-to-day that we forget to take a second and appreciate all that we have to be grateful for. My husband and I are visiting London in July, and I cannot wait!! 🙂

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      Donna
      April 16, 2017 at 8:25 pm

      Thank you 😊 How long are you staying for? Have you got lots on your ‘to do’ list?

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