There’s a reason for living

There’s a reason for living

By Sue Ellson

There's a reason for living by Sue Ellson

Sugarloaf Reservoir, Christmas Hills, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

 

When a cool wind is in your hair

On a warm summer’s day

There’s a reason for living

Everything is okay

 

When a refreshing shower

Trickles all over your body

There’s a reason for living

Everything is okay

 

When your find your favourite food

And savour every mouthful

There’s a reason for living

Everything is okay

 

When the air that you breathe

Is fresh and crisp after rain

There’s a reason for living

Everything is okay

 

When you wake up in the morning

To greet a new day

There’s a reason for living

Everything is okay

 

When your heart skips a beat

With gratefulness and love

There’s a reason for living

Everything is okay

 

When you touch a loved one

Furry or not

There’s a reason for living

Everything is okay

 

When you smile all the time

And others smile back

There’s a reason for living

Everything is okay

 

When you are kind to yourself

And live to learn

There’s a reason for living

And you are okay

 

I have been touched by several stories in the last 12 months from people who have suffered from a terminal illness, mental health issues and the challenges of growing older and the loss of physical capacity. As I too grow older, I realise that if I am to enjoy each day, I need to acknowledge what I do have, what I can do and how I can find joy, even if I cannot do some of the things that I may have done when I was younger (for example, my current body does not like jogging).

I also know that to remain ‘green and growing’ rather than ‘ripe and rotting,’ I need to constantly find ways to learn more, reconnect with the joys of my youth that I will be able to do for my entire life and interact with the people around me (and I may have to go out of the house to find people). This takes consistent effort and I know that for some people, without a personal champion cheering them on, it can be difficult to muster the courage to keep striving and to keep learning.

I hope that this small poem encourages you to see that everything is okay (even when it feels like it isn’t), that even in the midst of a major challenge, there are always things you can enjoy and that ultimately, if you are kind to yourself and willing to learn, you will realise that you are okay too.

With love, Sue Ellson 🙂