So I’ve been for a run, painted something dark, I’ve even painted something white (well dusk, which doesn’t really count) and I still can’t get yesterday’s episodes of Frasier out of my head. It was as if the TV was talking to me. Willing me to soldier on. I switched on at the final ever episode (Frasier’s giving a eulogy). Which was followed by the pilot for the first ever series. From an interiors perspective this episode is all about making room for ugly ducklings – things you have to (but don’t necessarily want to) have in your life.
That first episode is a masterpiece. But here’s the thing. It wasn’t written in a day. It wasn’t written in a week. And it definitely wasn’t written by just one person. Lots of people worked on it, rewrote parts and even then it didn’t truly come to life until the actors came on set and the audience was clapping.
Which brings me to the point of my last post of 2012. Homes, like life need constant reworking, rethinking and change. Nothing works first time. They may not work out the fifth time. Homes need to ebb and flow and have intense periods of re-editing, re-planning and re-visualization. But most importantly of all they’re not complete until you have your friends over and music playing.
In the closing words of Frasier “Things don’t necessarily work out the way you planned but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Things often have a way of working out anyway.” If you’re sad about the break up of your marriage or a relationship, you’re not mourning the loss of a loved one but the life you thought you were going to have. If something in your life isn’t working, change it. If it still doesn’t work or make you happy, change it again. Loneliness won’t leave you overnight and happiness won’t be just around the corner. There’ll be many false and halting starts. But one thing’s for sure. It’ll be an adventure. And that’s enough life for anyone.