Central Observations

I’ve been living in London for two weeks now, and already it feels like a much longer time (in a good way!). I know I’ve lived here before but that was under completely different circumstances – I was in the safety net of university without the responsibilities I have now. Having neglected the blog slightly this month, I thought I’d jot down some of the things I’ve noticed having lived and worked here for a bit.

  • Fear is only as great as you’ll allow it to be. I’m talking about this in terms of me doubting myself and leaping into mad situations in life, but also with what’s going on in the world as of late. Feed the fear and it’ll overcome you. Face it, and it’s not so bad.
  • Slow walkers and those who come to a standstill in the middle of the pavement are some of the worst people.
  • The festive season brings out such a wonderful side of this city, and gives everything a (literal) glow.
  • People insist on taking the tube when in reality, it doesn’t take that long to walk around most of the city. I used to be one of those people.
  • It’s surprisingly easy to feel lonely in this city amongst thousands of people, but in the same breath it’s surprisingly easy to strike up a conversation with a stranger while queueing at the shops, and for a moment you don’t feel quite as lonely.
  • Smile at people. Be nice to the cashier. Everyone’s going through shit. Don’t be the one who makes their day even worse, instead be one of the things that could turn it all around. It doesn’t take much.

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