I’ll be honest, I actually shot the video included in this post two weeks ago.
It was a gorgeous sunny day, I was exhausted from three hours sleep and an early morning flight back to Malta from London. However, I was SO happy to be back from the cold grim UK weather that I headed out to the local countryside behind my house to do my words of wisdom vlog for the week whilst soaking up the gorgeous February rays.
Then I didn’t publish the vlog.
Why? Because I realised that in my attempts to come up with a phrase that summed up how happy I was feeling to be back in my adopted home of Malta, I was at risk of sounding like I was actually insulting my adopted home!! That wasn’t my intention. So regrettably, an otherwise rather lovely video (if I say so myself) got sidelined. It just sat on my phone, in the naughty corner. Wasted and on the shelf. Which actually sounds like the unflattering title of a book about a drunk spinster but I digress.
So why publish this post and the video now? What’s changed?
Well as I write my words of wisdom posts mainly for the #CandidCuddles linky, that I run with Cuddle Fairy, a linky which focuses on positivity, I’m going to temper my words. Suffice to say, after a week of yet more near misses on the road including ‘feats’ of the most extraordinarily dangerous and stupid driving by road users here – which came with the extra bonus of two drivers giving me the finger even though they were in the wrong (!) and could see I had kids in the car with me. This is nothing new. So I’m not posting this because it’s a new uncharacteristic development in a country usually known for its please/thank you/’you first’ culture, which has suddenly shocked me leading me to shoot the video. Nope. You’ve just got to read this to know it’s not new.
I’d just had one of those weeks last week where it was all a bit much.
I try not to go around behaving like a total arsehole and my kids have always always been raised to be respectful of others. Continually. Possibly a bit too much! Anyway, long story short, the video actually showcases some of what I love about Malta but yes the line I came up with throws a tiny bit of light on a couple of the less desirable bits!