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- “Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life.” - Omar Khayyam Living just for the moment is something I truly struggle with. I think we’re all guilty of looking too far ahead, of thinking that if we can just reach this milestone or that one then we will be happier and our lives more fulfilled. But that’s the surest way of missing out on years worth of wonderful moments, so I am making a really conscious effort to live in the present, to savour the everyday joys. So this is me yesterday. My knees and thighs are wrecked from running my 4th Race for Life. I hadn’t trained nearly as much as I should have, and there’s no other reason I’d have done a 10K in 28 degree heat than for charity. It was so hot and excruciating that for at least half the race I thought I might actually be getting a sneak preview of Hell. But I did it. I didn’t stop, even when my knees seized up and I had to hobble. And then we wandered down to the seafront and I waded into the cool ocean. And before I came out I made myself stop and look around me, to fix that moment in my mind’s eye. To appreciate the warmth of the sun, to feel the rush and pull of the waves around my legs, and to watch the throngs of happy people stretched out along the coast enjoying the summer’s day. And I looked to the shore and my favourite person, the one who trekked all the way down to Portsmouth with me to hold my handbag while I raced, to take photos and cheer me on, and to tell me I looked beautiful at the end when I felt broken. And I smiled and felt so incredibly lucky.