You asked for a story of survival. So I’m sitting here, opening everything up and wondering what to show you.

There is no war, no famine, no physical disease here. I can’t pretend there’ve been any to avoid disappointing you. I’ve had to live through so little.

Yet, the frightening thing is that this little has been such a strain, I wonder whether I could have survived “real things”.

I could tell you about surviving something that happened in my family a long time ago but in many ways it’s not my story to tell. At least that’s how I feel.

I could also tell you about surviving braces, adolescence, breakups, depressive episodes, migration, my Masters, giving birth… It all seems so small.

These are the little things I’ve had to survive so far. They are things I am surviving. I’ll put them away now somewhere safe.

Maybe when something bigger comes along, they’ll collectively remind me that we are designed to survive. That I can survive.

This post is a response to Nickie at Typecast’s #dosomethingyummy blog prompts for CLIC Sargent’s Yummy Mummy campaign.

Take a look at more responses and consider getting involved.


  1. February 23, 2012 / 6:53 am

    Beautiful. So easy to forget how “easy” many of us have things in comparison to others. 

  2. February 23, 2012 / 2:43 pm

    I totally agree. It is stories like Nickie’s that make me pull myself up short and start trying to be more positive about what i have.

    • February 23, 2012 / 9:04 pm

      I’m so prone to being negative, it’s good to get perspective now and then.

  3. Anonymous
    February 23, 2012 / 8:24 pm

    Like you I haven’t survived anything really major in life, but maybe that makes us appreciate how lucky we are?

  4. Mum2babyinsomniac
    February 24, 2012 / 9:43 pm

    This is lovely and so true, I always try and remind myself of how lucky I am when I start feeling miserable about silly things. It’s hard to remember sometimes x

  5. February 28, 2012 / 11:57 pm

    Sometimes the little survivals make us the strong person we are today x

    Thanks for joining in with all the #dosomethingyummy prompts and for helping out with the social media shout out xx

  6. Nicola
    March 8, 2012 / 2:14 pm

    I think surviving life is surviving real things. Thankyou so much for being part of #dosomethingyummy

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