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Ten Things That Are Non-Negotiable In My Life

by Julianne McKenna 3 months ago in humanity

And four things I can live without.

Ten Things That Are Non-Negotiable In My Life
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I do not claim to be a normal, every day human being. I am not, I am far from that person. I am quirky, eclectic, weird, too honest, free spirited, easily bored, fascinated by the small details, and I have a really warped sense of humour.

Now all this must be kept in mind, because it inadvertently influenced my list of ten things that I absolutely cannot live without. And some things that I wish I never had to deal with again.

In no particular order (except for the coffee - without it I do not function!).

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1. Coffee. This is a non-negotiable item. Without my morning coffee nothing gets achieved. As my daughter’s have learnt the hard way, do NOT stand between your mother and the coffee in the mornings. Furthermore, do not try to have a conversation with your mother before she had had at least one cup of coffee.

2. Books and reading. I have been a bookworm since before I could read by myself. As long as I have books to read, all will be ok. We may implode one day as a society and lose our technological advancements, but my books will save my sanity.

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3. An artistic outlet. Without some form of creative expression I begin to feel lost. While I have developed many creative talents over the years, my three main forms of expression are writing, colouring in, and scrapbooking. As long as I have access to one of these options, I will be able to stay centred, calm and focused.

4. Animals. I could not imagine anything more unbearable than a life not shared with animals. They are my therapy. I would choose animals before I would choose humans. There, I've said it! I am anti-human.

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5. My smart phone. Just don't try to ring me on it, please! I hate taking calls. My phone is my constant connection to my family when I travel (which used to be quite a lot before Covid-19 came to stay). It doubles as my writing tool, my memory recorder, my encyclopedia, my bank, and my alarm clock. I make all my lists on my phone, and I love lists.

6. Thermomix. This machine is one of the best investments I have ever made. I cannot imagine trying to cook without one. I rely on it daily to create fabulous, healthy, delicious meals, that are generally stress free creations.

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7. Forests and trees. I am most at peace in a forest. I can wander forever looking at the plants, trees, fungi, insects and animals that inhabit the forests. Yes, I talk to the trees. I told you I am weird. My life goal is to have a cabin in the woods and become a hermit. Seriously. Move over, Grizzly Adams!

8. Humour. This is the best medicine. I love a good comedy movie or book. I like the sarcastic, quick witted, sharp comments that leave me gasping for breath. I am always down for a comedy show.

9. Music. Life would be dull without music. There is something magical about a rhythm and beat that touches and moves the soul. Music reflects our thoughts and emotions, it can change our moods, it can wrap us in a cloak of long forgotten memories.

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10. Lakes, rivers, waterfalls. I need fresh water. Not as in the drink and be healthy kind (I do that anyway) but as in the peaceful, grounding, reflective kind. I find peace in the motion of gentle lapping waves, and the noise of babbling water is like a calming balm for me. There is a part of me that must always put my feet in the water, even if it's the wrong season to do so. I am a water baby and will always remain so.

Now all this writing about what I cannot live without, got me thinking about things that I could definitely live without, and not even think twice about missing. I have added them below. Do you have a list of things you could definitely live without?

Things I Can Definitely Live Without

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1. People. I am not a fan of people in general. I make a few exceptions to this rule. Less is more, and all that.

2. Television. I don't have one, I don't need one, I don't want one. And I don't miss it all. All hail Netflix and Stan!

3. Alcohol. This took some consideration. I used to enjoy the odd glass of wine or champagne. But as I have gotten older and wiser, I have realised I really do not care one way or the other. I would rather choose my coffee.

4. Make up. Admittedly, I am a lipstick addict, but that is about my limit these days. I remember a lifetime ago when I loved wearing makeup, but now, it's just too much effort. I do not fear leaving the house without makeup.

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Now I am sure there are more things I could add to both these lists, but I want to keep it short and sweet. And I don't want to scare everyone away by making them think I am really, really strange (I am, but you don't have to believe everything you read, lol!). I hope my sharing of these lists have given you an inner glimpse of what makes me tick, and what doesn't.


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Julianne McKenna

I write because my heart tells me to, I read because I love stories that make my eclectic soul happy. I'm an artist, scrapbooker, book nerd, animal lover, traveller and free spirit. Twitter: @JulesMcKenna13 Instagram: @theblingprincess

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