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See you in September

by Ben Shelley 2 months ago in humanity
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A Honeymoon to never forget

See you in September
Photo by Anthony DELANOIX on Unsplash

A well-deserved break to celebrate my marriage.

We all need a break in life. Whether that is simply for a weekend or for a more prolonged period, we need to take a step away at times. To smell the fresh air and acknowledge that we are human. To shut down our screens and admit that we are not robots and yearn for tangible experiences. 

Now many of us do not get the chance to take a break. Many are forced to work their hands to the bone to simply make enough money to survive, whilst others are provided with the chance to thrive. 

In the aftermath of COVID-19, the war in Ukraine and the cost of living crisis that is gripping the world, having a break is something that should be respected. It is a privilege when it should be offered to all of us, free of charge. We should have the chance to step away and gain perspective on our lives. 

It is something that I have the privilege to do so next month. 

A Belated Honeymoon

…we will push the boundaries of what is possible during the summer holidays.

Those who regularly read my articles will instantly recognise that my wife is a teacher. She works more hours than she is paid for every week in order to educate the minds of the future and it is something that I love her for. 

We were married at the end of August last year and it was the happiest day of my life, yet we were unable to go on our honeymoon due to the pandemic. We would never have been able to cover off a quarantine stretch and holiday ahead of term starting again, so we went on a minimoon. 

This summer we will be making up for lost time and will be heading out on our honeymoon. Travelling to Bulgaria, Malaysia, Indonesia and Australia, we will take on three continents and more time zone than I can shake a fist at. 

The stretched Honeymoon is something that we thought we would never get the chance to but this year, we will push the boundaries of what is possible during the summer holidays. 

Saving Money

The priority is the sights and sounds, not the luxury.

Moving forward from the 'you will recognise that my wife is a teacher comment', you will also remember that I am currently working through a 100-day purchasing embargo. To reduce my outgoings in order to eliminate my debts sooner and going on a honeymoon is against the spirit of this and you would have a point. 

In defence of heading off on my honeymoon, I will say that during this time my purchasing embargo remains in place. I am not buying anything off Amazon, will have no expenses based on London prices and have contributions from the wedding to rely on. 

I am still saving money but reserve the right to still head out on your honeymoon as you only get married once (or I believe that you do). We are not staying in five-star hotels and have budgeted for each and every day. It will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience but it will not be an over-the-top experience. The priority is the sights and sounds, not the luxury. 

Change is Inevitable

write them down on paper in order to see what I can do with them.

I love writing and have enjoyed writing over the last ten years but I want more. To tick off additional boxes such as writing a Kindle novel and writing a novel of my own. It is something that I have always thought about, talking to many over the years as to my intentions, yet as of today, have never actioned. 

It is something that I do not wish to live with and therefore, I will be changing up my publishing schedule in September. Moving to prioritise time for a novel. Something that does not mean that I will no longer publish on Medium but means that it will not be as regular as it once was. 

I want to ensure that I have no regrets in life and this is why, even if my novel is about as entertaining as a trip to the Dentist, I need to try. To get these thoughts from my mind and write them down on paper in order to see what I can do with them. 

Change is inevitable and before I embark upon it I am grateful to be able to take time off, to come back in September with new thoughts and ideas. 

A Final Thought

My life is amazing and I love every part of it. From my friends to my family, my job and most importantly, my wife. I am happy in every sense of the world and am grateful for what I have. To be able to go on a honeymoon, off of the kindness of others and take time out from life to regenerate. 

It is a privilege and I am ever so grateful for the chance to do so. To see the world and take a step back in order to enjoy time with my wife. Just me and her against the world, exploring the world around us. 

As a final thought, I want to say thank you to everyone that has engaged with my writing over the last few years. Your input has been unique and your thoughts invaluable and I hope that we can stay in touch…I have every intention of reading your work once again when I get back. You are all amazing and incredibly talented and hope that you have a great summer. 

See you all in September :).


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Ben Shelley

Someone who has no idea about where their place is in this world, yet for the love of content, must continue writing.

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  • Carol Townend2 months ago

    Sending love and hoping that you enjoy your honeymoon. We had our wedding at the registration office, without expensive dresses and non-expensive rings. We were planning our honeymoon last year, but unfortunately, the disabilities that were left by Covid were causing my husband too much pain and as he left work, we were struggling too. We're hoping to replan. Your story resonates with me, and its nice to see a writer who shares similar thoughts!

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