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  • In my new life, not chosen by me you understand, many things have become ridiculously important. Now, I live in a town, have always had power, and water on 'tap'. Suddenly everything is my responsibility alone, I've never lived alone before, how stupid is that? I'm 57 years old.
    I've been busy, changing accounts with all the utility suppliers, letting everyone know, who needs to know, that there's just me in this little cottage now. The water company suggested a water meter, working most days and all on my own it will probably save money. All of a sudden every drop is important, how much water am I using? Do I need to flush every time? How often do I need to use, the dishwasher, (a very small one) the washing machine, should I fill the sink to wash everything at once, or just rinse this mug under the tap? A five minute shower? Really!
    There are people in the world for whom water is a daily challenge and clean water almost impossible, my little worries seem very unimportant in the face of this, but you know our own lives seem so important while we're trying to live them.
    The emotional trauma of someone you love deliberately choosing to leave you is awful, unbearable and impossibly hard, but it's all that mundane crap that really wears you down.
    a friend gave me some good advice the other day, find one good thing in every day and take proper notice of it.
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