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I’m still getting to grips with my dad passing away last month. I grew up living mostly with my mum, but that doesn’t mean the pain of losing my dad is any less.
Knowing that the voices of both parents have now gone has left me with a great deal of pain and sadness. They sacrificed so much for me, coming to a country that felt so far away from home, and I’m so proud of the experiences they’ve given me.
The grief has made me realise that life is forever changing. It’s been an awakening and a reminder to never take a moment for granted. We’ve got to try and be present in the now. I’m still very delicate, but I’m ready to embrace the positive things that life has for me next.
A new chapter
Turning 40 during a year when we’ve suffered a pandemic and witnesses a global fight against racism has made me reassess what I’m prepared to tolerate. I’ll no longer wait to be accepted and will hit my own milestones – like this column – without compromising my own voice. As a nation, we’ve been forced to reassess everything from our health and relationships, to classism, racism and our work/life balance. Now, we have no choice but to face these things and create change.
Phil and Holly were spotted after having lunch out with some pals last week and it made me think about our plans for a Loose Women get-together. I’m excited to see my core friends too. I missed out on my “hot girl summer” last year! Every event is going to be so full of joy and great memories. All I need are my closest friends, good food and a glass of sparkling rosé.
Dating dos and don'ts
Angelina Jolie made a joke about having a “long list of nos” when it comes to dating after being single for a while. I think that as you get older, the list of nos should be shorter. Not out of desperation, it’s just you should know your non-negotiables. The wiser and more confident you get with yourself, the more you’ll value your own worth.
There are certain things a no list won’t show, so you need to chuck it away and learn to spot if someone brings the wrong energy. You also need to think about what you bring to the table. Maybe you’ve been too distracted checking off that list to realise what you really want from a partner.
Hugging with caution
From this week, we're allowed to hug our loved ones with caution. But the ever-vocal Piers Morgan has announced he won't be hugging his friends and family "indefinitely."
Joking aside, it's a personal choice and everyone will deal with it differently. I love nothing more than a good hug and have truly missed it. But this year has taught us so much about friendships and boundaries. As much as I'm looking forward to squeezing my friends, I'll be careful in order to protect my loved ones.
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