What is the meaning of life? A simple question; one that tended to close in on one with years. The great revelation had never come. The great revelation perhaps never did come. Instead there were little daily miracles, illuminations, matches struck unexpectedly in the dark…

Virginia Woolf, To The Lighthouse

As we hurtle through the 20th Century it’s barely possible to keep up with The rate of progress human kind are making. The big picture is so big and asks so much of us all. But what about the smaller picture, our little individual lives, and the smaller picture still, the days and weeks and months that make them. Every single one can and should be brilliant.

A few things are certain. Our lives are merging many things that used to be separate. Technology, work, home life, friends, privacy – it’s all being combined into one giant ball and although there are definite benefits to this there are also downfalls.

Social media makes us insecure of both our looks and our lives. Billion dollar start ups and famous under 18s on YouTube make us feel inadequate in our followings and career prospects. A never ending connection to work emails, marketing, reminders of what we are striving for on our phones and computers makes us frustrated and stressed whilst Brexit, rising house prices and an empty pension pot makes us fearful of the future.

It’s an amazing time to be alive – if only you can navigate it. By being true to yourself in front of pressing surroundings, by listening to both the truth and lies in your head and keeping only the former and by being grateful,

Is there an answer to it all? Yes – but it comes from each of us and each has do do a bit of work to get there.