Thursday January 7, 2016

I don't like cricket. So imagine my surprise when on New Year's Eve I was tucked under my new fluffy sofa blanket watching (even enjoying?!) a documentary on it. Howzat?! I didn't have a clue what they were talking about mostly. But the mix of artwork, TV clips and player interviews had me. I also found one of the interviewees especially alluring as he spoke with such passion and knowledge.

I may not like cricket but my Dad loves it! At key times in the cricketing calendar, family find him by following the sounds of his portable radio. This he carries everywhere so as not to miss a second of commentary. An old bottle cork is jammed on top of the aerial. Added to protect family passing by from possible eye pokes! Aside from fans like my Dad, a Wiki search shows the game is played by 120 million people. It's the second most popular sport in the world.

On New Year's day I spent some time on my mobile reading about... cricket?! As a result I can now identify the lovely Stuart Broad, know how many balls in an over and that England are playing against South Africa in a test match. I've also exchanged some amusing texts with my Dad, the cricket guru.

My lovely Dad recently described his life as 'one big learning curve'. Sadly the conversation moved on before we got chance to really talk. But I know he's had some difficult and heartbreaking personal experiences over the years. No matter our circumstances, learning is a life long journey for all of us. Life is a learning journey.

Whose interest could you take more interest in? What might you learn? What might be the effect on your mental wellbeing? Best wishes to all Moodscopers for 2016.

Jennifer (formerly Jen!)
A Moodscope member.

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