I’m going to live.

I'm going to live. Drawing Luke Hockley.

I'm going to live. Drawing Luke Hockley.

Dear Self,

I’m going to live.

Who knows how long for…but I’m going to live.

I watched a Ted Talk yesterday that said relationships and social interconnectedness are two of the most important predictors of longevity.

Essentially it is saying that both long term, deep relationships and the lighter touch “hey, how are you doing” to the barista you see every day, are both important factors in predicting how long you will live.

A couple of years ago, I realised I have always had good people around me…but that I didn’t feel like I was making enough of an effort to connect with them regularly.

Also, I saw, that many of them were in cities other than Melbourne.

So, I went about changing that. I decided to spend more time with my family, made an effort to connect with my friends (far and near), I started Campfire and joined The Weekly Service

How did all that go?

Well, when I saw that Ted Talk…I had an unusual feeling. I didn’t feel panicked. I didn’t feel like I had to run out and start ‘connecting’ with people in order to live longer. Usually these social media things make me feel like I had better go and ‘fix’ something about my life in order to “live forever”, “be smarter”, “be happier”…or whatever.

I kind of intuitively knew this one and had already been doing something about it.

Maybe it won’t make a shred of difference to how long I live, it has certainly helped me get more joy out of the journey.



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