When I came across Liam’s review on Reasons To Stay Alive by Matt Haig, it made me pick up the book and reread one of the last chapters which gave you his reasons to stay alive.
Then I had an idea. Why don’t I write about the reasons I want to stay alive? Because it was Liam’s post that inspired me, I thought I’d ask him to collab with me and tell me his reasons for staying alive. These kinda tasks are the ones that get me thinking and reflecting on the things I love and that I’m grateful for. These are a handful of reasons why I want to stay alive:
The smell of fresh air and being by the sea
I absolutely love being by the sea and the smell of fresh air that comes with it. Since living in Stirling, I miss being by the sea and every time I go home, I really appreciate it.
I feel like this doesn’t need an explanation. There is nothing better than a good meal and food makes everyone happy right?
The places in the world I’ve yet to see
There’s so many places in the world that I want to see. I’ve not even made a dent in my ‘to see’ list so that is definitely a big reason for sticking around! But of course, travelling to different countries costs money so I’m gonna need a lot of time to see the places I want.
The unknown future
The thought of the unknown always freaks me out but there’s something about the future that excited me and makes me want to know how my life will pan out. I want to have children so I definitely want to stick around so that can maybe hopefully happen one day!
The love I have to give
It sounds super soppy but I have so so much love to give. In a world filled with so much upset and hatred, sharing the love I have is extremely important to me. To me, that’s one of the main reasons I want to be in this world.
So many books to read
I absolutely love reading and I have the biggest ‘to be read’ list. There is so much to learn from books and so much fiction I want to get lost in.
Comfort and cosiness
Nothing beats a cuppa tea whilst snuggled in bed with blankets and fairy lights with a candle on. BLISS. Being comfy and cosy makes me so happy and can brighten up a dull day for me.
There is so much more I want to achieve in life and all of these things are going to take years to achieve so I’m gonna have to stick about to achieve these and see what I’m capable of!
I asked Liam to give me reasons why he wants to stay alive and these are what he came up with:
Music is a big part of my life now, I listen to it every day. I have a playlist for when I have negative thoughts running manically through my brain and I also have a playlist for when I feel really happy and relaxed, music is absolutely amazing.
Gemma, Louise, Becca, Rosie, Sophie – all these people I have found through blogging and they make my life so much better, they are all supportive and when I get close to giving up, I just ask “They wouldn’t want me to do that, would they” to my self and it helps, I’ve never had many friends but I am so grateful of all them.
I started this blog as a place to vent and get my emotions out and I would never have thought my blog would have gone in this direction, getting emails from people saying how much my blog helps them with their mental health. Having a blog has helped me so much and I’m so glad I made it at the start of this year.
My family have been so supportive of me and my mental health from the day that I opened up to them, it was very hard for me to do so but now that I’m open they are so supportive and helpful.
This seems like a silly one but it’s by far my favourite season, I love all the autumn flavoured drinks, especially pumpkin spice! I just love wrapping up warm and I feel more confident in my autumn clothing, no idea why I just feel I look nicer!
Arguably the best animal on this planet. I absolutely love dogs, I always get so happy when my auntie comes to our house and brings her dog, I also feel dogs can sense when you’re feeling anxious and come up to you and lick your face off! I also feel most comfortable outside when walking my aunties dog, dogs are just amazing.
Many say it’s a toxic place, which I agree at some parts, but I’ve met and found so many people on it, similarly to my blog, I’ve found friends who are so supportive and know what to do when I’m having a bad day (tag me in doggo memes of course)
I hope this has given you an insight on good things in life and makes you think about what you love in life.