What I Learned - The Peacock Emporium by Jojo Moyes
This book is a luscious mix of history, relationships and life in general.
What I Learned:
Or as I tend to say "fake it 'til you make it". Quite often when people ask me how I am, if life's tough or I'm having a bit of a rough day, rather than vocalise the negative I will just state that I'm faking it 'til I make it. Keep on keeping on and life will improve, right?
Wouldn't this make a brilliant birthday wish when you are blowing out those candles...a wish for a life filled with fantastic possibility. Aren't the possibilities, or if you like the hope, what life is all about?
Just a simple truth.
What an amazing feeling that must be. To be nothing but you, and open and honest about everything you hope (or don't hope!) for the future and have someone adore you anyway! Does this exist in real life? That romantic, unconditional adoration? I'm just an old cynic now!
I swear this look is passed on through the generations! Pretty sure my Nan, my Mum and my daughter would all agree!
I think we've all been there...that moment where you can drop the façade that everything is okay and perfect and fantastic and you can just breathe.
This right here, I am convinced, is why I am still single! I've got too good at life without someone! Where would they fit? How would it work? How would life change? All big, interesting questions.
There are definitely a good few places like this in this country. Places desperate to be on the map but completely and utterly adverse to real change...I'm naming no names for fear of alienating a whole group of readers!
Just love this. Another mention of those fantastic 'possibilities' that keep us battling forward day after day.
Fact! Sometimes hours later! Even worse when you've spent precious time on your makeup and your eyes somehow still end up leaking and your mascara ends up dripping off your chin. Just me?
The age old question of fate and your path taking you where you were arguably always destined to end up no matter how much you may have fought against it or tried everything in your power to mess it up!
Ah memory lane, a fun and twisty road to go down, and so easy to get stuck on for a while!
Ain't that the truth? And how often do we not even realise that those internal bruises are there and that we are doing everything we can to avoid pressing on the sore places? Is that a real life or is that a half life? One thing's for sure, it's certainly a very human reaction to the hurts of the past.
Another simple truth. There is not much in life more heart-wrenching than seeing your child hurting and not being able to do anything to make it better. It is the ultimate feeling of utter helplessness.
Wouldn't it be lovely if we could do this more easily? If we could let the people precious to us see how they look through our eyes?
Try your best to be a radiator, always!
I've had years like these, in fact I think most of my adult years have been like this, that's why it's so important to learn to grab onto those rare and precious moments of peace and utter happiness, and hold onto them for as long as humanly possible.
You can leave but I promise that whatever history it is you are trying to hide from will follow you because, ultimately, it is part of who you are and will always be with you. We just need to find ways to process it and cope.
Another great example of faking it 'til you make it.
My Goodreads Review:
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I was excited for another Jojo Moyes offering and boy did this book deliver. A beautiful story of a past intertwining with the present that affects everyone's futures with unforeseen consequences.
This is a must read, and hard to put down so make sure you have some free time!
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