Where I am

After almost two years in Denmark, have I learnt anything?

Difficult to say, but I’ll give it a go:

  • Cycling to work, instead of suppurating in a criminally overcrowded and festering train carriage, is infinitely preferable.
  • ‘Going out’ doesn’t necessarily mean drinking yourself into a stupor. But I still do it anyway.
  • Creativity is a key element of happiness.
  • Laughter is always the best medicine. Closely followed by Fisherman’s.
  • Love comes and goes, and life is complicated wherever you are.
  • But there is something which goes beyond love, and usually lasts longer. When you find it, don’t let it go. It’s unique to you.
  • Autumn walks with people you love and/or cherish should be savoured. Especially when followed by tea and cakes and cuddling up on sofas in candlelit rooms.
  • Trying to understand all of this, or striving too hard to reach goals that are usually artificially concocted, won’t get you anywhere.
  •  If you can be light, and still easily carry the weight of your past, and yet shed it at your leisure, you will be closer to wherever you’re headed.
  • Believe in yourself.
  • Always build snowmen, run through piles of leaves, roll down hills, and also try and climb trees.
  • Sitting outside a cafe with a blanket over your knees doesn’t mean you’re old. Or gay. But it might be a little bit twee.
  • Thinking you’ve arrived is usually a sure sign of the opposite.
  • Drinking champagne in the afternoon probably isn’t a good idea when you have access to a keyboard and a blog.

10 Responses to “Where I am”

  1. 1 Mark October 12, 2007 at 4:38 pm

    “Autumn walks with people you love and/or cherish should be savoured. Especially when followed by tea and cakes and cuddling up on sofas in candlelit rooms.”

    combined with

    “Sitting outside a cafe with a blanket over your knees doesn’t mean you’re old. Or gay. But it might be a little bit twee.”

    reminds me that we should hook up again soon.

    Last time was fun… And yes, the kebab was awesome. Just what I needed.

  2. 2 Brendan October 13, 2007 at 12:19 am

    you r gay! xx

  3. 3 Paul October 13, 2007 at 3:13 pm

    Am intrigued as to where the connection between sitting outside a cafe with a blanket on your knees and being gay comes from…..

  4. 4 aaron78 October 13, 2007 at 3:46 pm

    You’re right Paul, I’m sorry… I guess I’ve gotten used to hearing (and admittedly using) the word ‘gay’ to describe something which is somehow effeminate.

    The small-town bigot in me clinging on with his fingernails maybe.

  5. 5 Paul October 13, 2007 at 4:38 pm

    It wasn’t a rebuke – I didn’t take offence!!!! It just seemed a weird connection.
    I’ll ask for a blanket with my beer tonight 🙂

  6. 6 Paul October 13, 2007 at 4:40 pm

    And make sure the fingernails you are clinging on with are well manicured.

    And learn to spell “got” properly…..


  7. 7 aaron78 October 13, 2007 at 4:46 pm

    What’s wrong with gotten?! I like sounding old-fashioned. 😉

  8. 8 jacquiephelan October 15, 2007 at 9:53 am

    I love reading your list of things learnd
    It stands on its own
    and is heart warming
    to a “had mousewife”

  9. 9 Andrew October 15, 2007 at 12:12 pm

    Going out right now to roll in leaves with my children. If only I can get them away from Jetix…

  10. 10 aaron78 October 15, 2007 at 12:21 pm

    Jacquie, thanks for the kind words!

    Andrew, a perfect day for it!

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