Tuesday, February 26, 2008


This is a diary entry...

I have realized I am not very observant. I like to think I am, but I’m not. This was pointed out to me when my man drove straight passed me. He called me on my cellphone and asked if I had seen him. I hadn’t. I was too busy singing to Fergie’s Big Girls Don’t Cry and watching the traffic ahead. My driving instructor would have been proud (all these years later) because I drive 30 seconds ahead.
Anyway, back to the point.
My man says to me that he was half hanging out the car, waving like a mad man and hooting like crazy. I didn’t see a thing.
I also studied Journalism and got my degree in the 3 years (a miracle really) and that means that I should be observant, by default.

I don’t notice things.

Sure, I notice the obvious things like seasons changing, someone’s new hair cut or if someone’s fly is down; but I want to notice the little things.

I want to notice a new birds nest, I want to notice the fresh coat of paint the old house down the road has, a new smile. I want to notice things, the little things.
I think I need to discover new things too.
I always knew what I wanted to do, so when I matriculated I went straight to University to study in the field I wished. I got incredible jobs and started building and continue to build my career. I feel incredibly lucky (although I’ve worked my ass off) and I feel wonderfully blessed but there is only one regret I have. The fact I don’t necessarily get to discover new things like towns, countries etc. Hell, I don’t even get the chance to discover my own country, my own town, my own neighbourhood. I want to find quaint little bakeries, vintage stores, flower markets, small meandering roads in our wonderful countries country side.
Perhaps I should discover things around me first, like things immediately around me and in my neighbourhood, secret doors, small details in jackets, new sites, a back road, a new way to wear a dress, a new colour combo, new words, new ways to wrap gifts, new places to shop for gifts and so forth.

I want to stop being so self absorbed and start experiencing this wonderful place I live in and experience this wonderful thing called life.


Anna said...

I have observant days. My advice is this: a camera. Simple as that. If you have a camera with you (digital pref, you don't want to go wasting all your hard-earned cash on film and the like), you're suddenly bombarded with an overwhelming array of beautiful and interesting things.

This is always dialed up a notch for me when Spring starts to rear its head. It took me twice as long to walk home from uni the other day because I was taking pictures of every daffodil and splash of sunlight I saw!

The Blonde Blogshell said...

Ooh yes, Spring is a wonderful time to observe things!

Thanks Anna for the great advice!
I have a digital camera...the thing is to remember taking it and hopefully keeping it safe! :-)

The Divine Miss M said...

Life is overated.

But after that wonderful statement have you ever noticed the lyrics of that stupid song?

"I miss you like a child misses their blanket"

SERIOUSLY?!? That woman was really lacking in creativity that day.

You'll soon be discovering London and enjoying life here, you're just used to live in SA. Things you know are tend to be boring my default.

KaB said...

You're also moving to London?!? Kief...we can hook up & get pissed at a local pub...well I reckon it sounds rather fab!

About being observant, I think it's great. Why not explore your own area/ town etc. I bet you'll be amazed! It's also pretty difficult because life is so busy...it's about putting things into perspective & prioritising...what is more important to you?!? Watching life whizz by as you build your career or enjoying life, experiencing new things & having your work walk alongside your life...get where I'm going on this?!?

I've started to get perspective on things...a family friend is terminally ill & she's been given a month to live, it really makes you sit back & think about what's important in life & how pathetic our infatuation is with careers & working so hard...I've decided to not let life pass me by & I want to go with the flow...start enjoying everything around me...so good for you...you're obviously becoming observant about your own life & what's missing!

I hope you stumble on what you're looking for :)

Vimbai said...

Is someone stepping out of their comfort zone, very nice!

Now i'm all for seeing the flowers in bloom, the silver lining on all clouds but there is a flip side to all this observing. You will start to not only notice the nice stuff, but the crap stuff as well.

Sometimes living in a bubble has its uses, lol

PS Miss M: Thank goodness, somebody else who found that lyric in Fergie's song SO random. It's just awkward :-S

The Divine Miss M said...

Eep I made mistake - Blonde isn't moving to London! Too many blogs to keep up with people's lives sometimes. I swear I follow my bloggers lives more than my friends these days ;)

@vimbai - just fucking weird!

Tamara said...

Love the pic of the different doors. I took loads of pics of front doors while I was in Dublin. If you can see the beauty in that pic of ordinary, every-door entrances, then you obviously do care about detail;s and recognising beauty :)

lenfercestlesautres said...

Nice post! Noticing little things is wonderful, but I had to train it too.

The Blonde Blogshell said...

Haha!! Good point Miss M...weird lyrics! LOL!

I'm still living in SA! Would love to visit London...the last time I was there was um... 16 years ago! Holy Shit!!


The Blonde Blogshell said...

Am I moving to London? What? I'm confused!

No sorry Kab! It would have been AWESOME fun though...dangerous but fun!!

Thanks Kab...yes it does make you think about life!! I really need to put perspective on things!

The Blonde Blogshell said...

Thanks Vimbai!! Good point. I think you have to be realistic but remain positive! x

The Blonde Blogshell said...

I thought I was going crazy Miss M...I'm sitting here going: Oh. My. God. How unobservant am I in my OWN blog?? hahahahahahahah!!!

The Blonde Blogshell said...

Thanks Tamara! You make feel much better :-) Nice point!! x

The Blonde Blogshell said...

Thanks lenfercestlesautres! It's good though!