Those were the days

Those were the days with no technology to distract us. No televisions, iPads or mobile phones. No text messages or social media, no endless selfies. Absolutely nothing to take our focus from the present or stop us from noticing the beauty of our surroundings.

Those were the days when our focus was on family. When we kept in touch with aunts, uncles and cousins. When the next generation grew up playing outdoors together. Running around, games of tag, pushing each other on a rope swing hanging from a tree. Laughing and joking, breathing in the fresh air and enjoying the countryside.

Those were the days when getting from A to B meant meandering through the countryside on a little steam train. Chatting, giggling and waving to passers by. Pointing out the scenery, the trees and the animals.

Those were the days when we remembered the important things in life. When we knew that our busy, hectic, cluttered, distracted lives could wait. Just for a day. Just for a few hours. Just for long enough to remember what mattered.

Those were the days when eating out meant sitting outdoors with a picnic. Talking about life, putting the world to rights and enjoying each other’s company. When eating wasn’t about sharing food but about sharing time.

Those were the days when the hours passed like minutes, when nobody watched the clock because there was nothing to rush back for, no need to be anywhere else. When work ended the moment you left the workplace, stresses and worries weren’t brought home to interrupt time as a family.

Those were the days when material things didn’t matter. When having the latest gadgets wasn’t even a consideration. When you dressed for the temperature rather than the fashion. When footwear got muddy, puddles were splashed in and a drop of rain didn’t matter because everybody knew that there was no such thing as bad weather, only the wrong clothing.

Those were the days when fresh air and exercise meant that there was no such thing as insomnia. Going home in the evening meant the end of a full day, with every minute packed full and enjoyed. Living each moment so hard that by the end of it, you could fall asleep standing up.

Those were the days when we remembered the important things in life. When we knew that our busy, hectic, cluttered, distracted lives could wait. Just for a day. Just for a few hours. Just for long enough to remember what mattered.

Those were the days when family came first, when we remembered what really matters. When we put the time aside to fulfil our promises. When keeping in touch meant arranging a time to meet up and being there, not being satisfied with a text message or contact on social media. When conversations took place in person, when eye contact could be maintained without the help of Skype.

Those were the days like today. When we spent time with people we love. With no mobile phone signal, no watch, no pressure to be anywhere else. When we enjoyed each other’s company for the first time in a long time.

Those were the days when we remembered the important things in life. When we knew that our busy, hectic, cluttered, distracted lives could wait. Just for a day. Just for a few hours. Just for long enough to remember what really mattered.

Those were the days that were there all along, the ones that have become fewer and farther between, but they haven’t disappeared. We can still find them if we know where to look. If we take the time to search for the hidden gems of life, the ordinary moments that make our lives extraordinary.

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6 Comments

  1. msedollyp
    April 10, 2016 / 9:06 am

    not just where to look but to create that life, or times in life, because it matters.

  2. April 10, 2016 / 9:32 am

    Such a lovely post! I remember those days… Imagine not being interrupted by emails, let alone social media?! It’s great that it is still possible to get away from it all and spend time with family without these pressures (but make the most of it because it’s harder with big kids, because they’re even more connected to their devices than me are!). x
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  3. April 10, 2016 / 9:42 pm

    Love, love, love this!! My mum had, and I think my dad still has, a sign that compares their life to the 90s which is funny (I’ll see if I can get a copy to show you) but it always made me smile at how things were, the same way this post has. You’re right though, they can still be found!
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  4. April 11, 2016 / 7:00 pm

    This is a lovely read and yes, we all need to go back to ‘those days’ every now again. It’s such a welcome relief isn’t it? There’s so much good about new technology and modern day living but sometimes, we really miss out on all the things you mention.
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  5. April 11, 2016 / 8:08 pm

    Nat – this is absolutely beautiful and I so loved reading it. It is more important than ever before to carve out dedicated family time isn’t it? and time to see friends, show people we love them and show that we care. Going on a steam train is one of my favourite ever things…because you are always going no where in a hurry xxx

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