Defining Moments in Life

Defining Moments in Life

I got the idea for this post from a Netflix show called Skin Wars (a fabulous insight into body painting – you should watch it!). The contestants painted their ideas onto someone’s body, I have chosen to write about my defining moments in life.

My Favourite Childhood Memory

I remember the horse at my nursery. It was a spring horse and it was my favourite toy there. I’ve always loved horses and this may be what made me love them so much. I went to that nursery every day and I was never off the little horse, wrapped up in a world of fantasy as I bounced up and down on the saddle. I loved it that much, no other kid was allowed to play on it.

Childhood memories
Spring Horse. Source: PublicDomainPictures

My Biggest Passion (s)

Growing up, I can’t say I was passionate about many things, but since going travelling and moving abroad over 10 years ago, my passion for certain things has grown. I love writing and I love photography and, until recently, I was always out and about with my camera and my notebook. (I will be doing that before long again – but I’m taking a little break from things). With both of these pastimes , I get to learn about different things and develop new skills, so it’s a win-win!

Things to do in Thailand
Photography Passion

My Greatest Achievement

My greatest achievement was getting my Bachelor of Science with honours in 2013. I started my Open University degree back in 1984. It was an Open degree, so I could choose any courses I wanted to make up the points I needed in order to obtain the full degree. I chose to do science and biology, brain, and behaviour, because that’s the sort of thing I was (am) interested in. I passed, but only just. After that, my life got in the way and I didn’t continue. However, after moving to Thailand, I decided to pick up where I left off. So, in 2010, I completed a psychology course which I passed with distinction. I was so thrilled with the result, it spurred me on. I did subsequent courses in philosophy, grammar, and myth in the Greek and Roman worlds – the latter 2 I did at the same time. Finally, in 2013, I achieved my degree. I was as proud as punch when I went to the degree ceremony to receive my award.

Things do be proud of
Degree ceremony

The Love of My Life

As I am currently single, the love of my life is my family. I’ve just returned home from living abroad for the past 10 years and while I am thinking about what to do next, I get to spend time with my beloved family. It’s so nice being close to them, being able to have coffee with my mum and sister or see my niece growing up. It’s lovely to be able to see them at a moment’s notice and to fully know what’s going on in their lives and not be separated by 6,000 miles.

Defining moments in life
Mum and Dad

My Most Memorable Adventure

In 2005, I took myself to Australia for my first ever trip abroad. My second husband and I needed to have time apart to decide whether we should continue our marriage, so I went to the other side of the world. It took many walks up the beach to come to the decision that two would become one. My decision set me on a path where I ended up living in Thailand for 10 years. Since then, I have become more independent, much happier, and I have learned lots of new things.

Things to do in Australia
Adelaide, Australia

My Favourite Song (s)

This one is too hard to name just one song, so I am going to name 7! There are many more songs that I love.

Daft Punk ft. Pharrell Williams and Nile Rogers – Lucky

This song is very different from Daft Punk’s usual tunes, but I love it because it’s very uplifting and makes me smile when I hear it

ABBA – I have a Dream

This is one of my favourites from the movie Mamma Mia! I love it because the words are very inspiring – having a dream and seeing good in everything. Everyone should have dreams and follow them as best they can.

Xzibit – Paparazzi (instrumental)

I heard this tune on season 1, episode 6 of The Sopranos when Junior becomes the official boss and they have a banquet to celebrate. Unbeknown to Junior, Tony and the others the FBI are covertly taking photos of them all. Xzibit’s Paparazzi was the theme tune and I don’t think I have ever heard a tune that goes so well with a scene. I had to watch it over again!

John Denver – Leaving on a Jet Plane

I love this song just because every time I used to leave my family to go travelling or every time I flew back to Bangkok after Christmas, they would sing this from the front door! It makes me happy and it makes me cry!

Caro Emerald – On a Night like This

A friend of mine told me about Caro Emerald and I started listening to her jazz and pop songs. On a night like this is feel good tune which never fails to get my foot tapping. I defy you to not sing along! The video is fab too – it reminds me of nights out with friends.

Israel Kamakawiwu’ole – Somewhere over the Rainbow

I love this song anyway, but Israel Kamakawiwu’ole’s ukulele melody version definitely takes you somewhere over the rainbow. His voice is beautiful and matches the soft sound of the ukulele. It conjures up images of his native Hawaii with blue seas and white sandy beaches.

Louis Armstrong – It’s a Wonderful World

The world is truly wonderful and Louis Armstrong’s raspy vocals perfectly captures this sentiment.

What are your defining moments in life? 🙂

22 Replies to “Defining Moments in Life”

  1. That’s a lovely post Gill. You have so many reasons to be proud of yourself. I especially like your honesty. You don’t try to make things look better than what they are. You just present them and focus your energy on the positive aspects. This is a beautiful quality and I appreciate you for it, not to mention your gorgeous photos. Looking forward to seeing more of your photography.

    1. Awww thank you so much for your lovely words Dominique.. I don’t think there’s any point in making things look better than what they are, although I do try and see the positive and good in everyone and everything 🙂 xx

  2. Such a lovely post, Gill! You have so many things to be proud of, especially working on that degree! Sometimes life has a habit of getting in the way of things, so it’s extra wonderful when you pick up something you had to leave behind. Sadly I can’t see the pictures, but am sure they’re just as great as always. Love all the songs you chose! Happy weekend! xxx

    1. Thank you Sarah! I wonder why you can’t see the pics, but thanks! I have so many songs that I love, those were the ones that sprung to mind first. Have a great weekend too 🙂 xxx

  3. Gill, I so enjoyed your story and your choice of music. Delighted to learn you have studied Biology. I studied Veterinary and postgraduate Physiology of Humans and Animals. People who have studied Biology always find each other in the crowd 😉 It is in our genes 🙂

  4. This is a lovely read Gill. It made me reflect on achievements and positive changes for a little while, rather than anxiety about future changes.
    That final song is one of my favourites too.

    I am an OU graduate as well – Natural Sciences (Biology) in 2001.

    1. Hey, thank you Darren. Glad it made you think about good things! WOW congrats on your degree, Natural Sciences sounds interesting. I loved learning with the OU. I would love to do more, but have you seen how expensive it is now??

      1. I have, and to be honest it would stop me considering it. If it were not for that degree I would still be driving forklifts in a factory, which is what I was doing when I started it.

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