Monday 19 August 2019

Mindful moment… Embrace the love in your life

Friendship: Love is all around
Friendship: Love is all around

Marianne Power

I was at a wedding last weekend and what a wedding it was; bubbles, mulled wine, a DJ that played 'Happy' till 2am. I haven't danced and laughed so much in ages.

The funny thing is, I usually hate weddings. I hate the standing around in uncomfortable shoes having polite conversations. I hate the fact that the hotel, the present and the stupid hen party will usually cost me the same amount as a cheap holiday. But mostly I have hated the fact that weddings represent everything my life is not.

I am not married, do not have children and there is no sign my life is going to go that way. Weddings have always made me feel like the odd one out. Like a reject.

But this weekend I didn't feel like a reject. I caught up with friends I've known for 20 years. We threw off our shoes and danced like we were 18. At one point I looked around the dance floor at people I loved, spinning and grinning, and I realised that I may be single but I am not alone.

To quote that Four Weddings song, love is all around, even if it doesn't end up in a ring on your finger.

* Marianne Power is the author of

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