Getting it into perspective

Apr 21 • Featured, Uncategorized • 1346 Views • 22 Comments on Getting it into perspective

This morning I should have been getting a cab to the airport, on my way to Florida with five other mum bloggers. For obvious reasons, like the eruption of a volcano in Iceland, we’re not going anywhere for at least six weeks.

And being really honest and more than a little self-centred, I was incredibly fed up when I realised we’d have to wait a bit longer for our trip. It wasn’t just that I’d been shopping, been waxed and been gearing myself up for it for a fortnight. In the words of the Oceanic Six, I just wanted to get off the island.

But then I saw the footage of the troops being brought home by naval carrier after their tour of duty. Heard about the thousands of families desperate to get back, loved ones who had been separated, and the schoolchildren who had to miss the start of term and even exams. And learned that urgent medical supplies couldn’t get to their destination.

And that puts it all into perspective, doesn’t it? This has been an awful situation, an economic nightmare for many, but it’s not 9/11. For all of us, I think, the eruption of Eyjafjallajokull is a reminder that there are some things we simply cannot control, and nature is one of them. We’ve also learned new words like ‘volcanic plume’ and ‘ash cloud’. Who knows, Geography may enjoy an unexpected revival in popularity at school.

So I’ve put away my holiday wardrobe for another few weeks. I know we won’t have long to wait. I can wait.

written by Liz Jarvis


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22 Responses to Getting it into perspective

  1. Nat says:

    Very true. And in my own bitterness at least you’re still getting to go! I have to wait another blooming year!

  2. jay says:

    Good for you!! It’s not a great position to be in, but it will be so much more worth it when you do finally go. 🙂

  3. Susie @newdaynewlesson says:

    In hebrew there is a saying that every delay is for the best. Glad you are okay now. It is okay to be disappointed though.

  4. Erica says:

    It’ll be worth the wait, I’m sure of that.

  5. Victoria says:

    I’m in a similar situation in that I have been safe and sound at home, but frustrated that I’m not going where I want when I want. At least we still get to go in the not too distant future! Hope you have a great trip

  6. Laura says:

    Definitely worth the wait!

  7. Heather Davis says:

    It’s a hard lesson to have to learn – that we aren’t in control! Especially when you are so looking forward to something. I think this experience has made everyone take a step back and think a little. Even if we haven’t been personally affected. Well done for being philosophical about it. It’s the best way to be I think. I like Susie’s hebrew quote. I might write that one done!

  8. Emily O says:

    All the same, it must be really disappointing for you. Hopefully you can go on your trip very soon. There are people in more difficult circumstances it’s true. It’s a shame Dan Snow’s Calais Rescue attempt was stopped, it was such a brilliant idea to bring people back home. Hopefully everyone will be where they want to be very soon, including you!

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  10. Peabee72 @ Battling On says:

    I must admit I was quite enjoying the empty skies at first, but then the impact started to tell. My niece is stuck in Australia, where her dad lives, but she’s ready to come home now and can’t, friends are dotted around Europe, but the most telling thing has been the news about patient transplants being put in jeopardy because they couldn’t get urgent supplies to them….as you say, it puts everything into perspective. You’ll be there, soon enough, tweeting from Florida and making us all horribly jealous!

  11. kerry jean power says:

    You are absolutely right Liz – its hard to feel sorry for yourself when you see tales of people missing their own weddings, people unable to recieve vital organ parts and insurance companies refusing to pay out. All the ‘blame Labour’ stories are already circulating – as if they could have possibly done anything other than listen to the advice given by experts! As one of my friends said earlier today upon hearing news of the re-opened airspace ‘I would rather be a stranded tourist than a flying human guinea pig but instead I’m now a sitting duck below the world’s busiest airspace’

  12. Jo Beaufoix says:

    So true Liz. We can wait, and it will be worth waiting for. 😀 Fab post.

  13. Amanda Cook says:

    As much as you are disappointed….its good to get things into perspective….you will get there I am sure and have a fab time.

  14. A Modern Mother says:

    Though stuck, we are in a relatively good situation as well. Some of those stories are horrific

  15. Maria Duffy says:

    Love the post. It’s good to see you putting things in perspective. It must be disappointing but, as you say, when you see things like medical supplies not reaching those who need them or parents not able to get home to their children, it should make you feel better about your situation. I enjoyed reading and I hope your trip goes ahead in the weeks to come. Maria

  16. Crystal Jigsaw says:

    It gives you a few more weeks to get excited. It does make us see the world through different eyes and makes us remember that we really shouldn’t take living for granted. CJ xx

  17. amy says:

    so sorry your trip has been pushed back, it does remind us all that nature controls the earth not us xxx

  18. Lucy (me_pod) says:

    Perfect post – I was just thinking the same about getting perspective – there I was pulling my hair out about my tshirt labels stuck in Turkey and then I was told about a hospital waiting for bone marrow – I felt incredibly guilty for my trivial problems. You’re right sometimes perspective is what you need and thanks for what you have.

  19. Sam says:

    You’re absolutely right – it still doesn’t stop us moaning, though. Both my sisters have their partners stuck abroad – one had promised to be home for in time for his son’s 7th birthday (21st) for the first time in seven years! Of course he won’t be back now until the weekend, so he’ll be missing his daughter’s 9th birthday (23rd), too. Still – you know it will be well worth the wait.

  20. If I Could Escape says:

    Awww, such a great post. I am a firm believer that everything happens for a reason and only good things come to those who wait.

  21. English Mum says:

    Too right. And SeaWorld will be waiting for us! x

  22. nappyvalleygirl says:

    Good post, Liz – it does put it in perspective. I am still awaiting news of my sister who was stranded in Marrakech with a bunch of teenage girls (she’s a teacher leading a school trip)- not only a nightmare situation but her two kids are at home without her, being looked after by her Ex although he is at work so this is difficult. Mind you, I would rather she was there than if she had been killed in a plane crash caused by flying through ash, so I guess it’s all relative.


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