I was chatting to a lady the other day that is going through a very tough time right now.
The conversation was difficult to hear and left me questioning myself afterwards to how much it had affected me.
I took some time out to reflect, I truly love my work and part of that is listening to the views of others and I have always been good at listening without judging.
The conversation that sparked so much emotion in me was because this lady is in a lot a debt, she cannot work at present and yet she had focused on wanting a certain top from a certain clothes store as her answer to how rubbish she was feeling.
I guess it stirred something in me.
I have been in that place, where you feel so rubbish and so lost and a few moments of elation from a new item of clothing or perhaps something for the house makes you feel better.
Temporarily of course but defiantly a pick me up.
When I was lost in a depressed mist, I would head out to the shops and spend money on stuff even though I could not cover rent.
Like an addiction I needed what I had set my sights on and it felt good to bring home all this shiny new stuff.
But then I started to work with vulnerable children and families.
I would go to the homes of those experiencing difficulties and see a brand new flat screen TV or the latest mobile phones to hand and everything else was bare.
No carpets, no food in the cupboards and the houses where falling into disrepair.
I remember one lady in particular, she had just bought an all singing and dancing toy for her 4 year old and gone without her food for the day to buy it, and yet all the little girl wanted from her was her to take her mum to the park to play on the swings.
We place so much value to stuff.
Wanting to have the latest gadgets or wear the latest fashion, and yet we cannot take any of it with us when we die.
And then there is your health.
What money do you spend on your health and wellbeing?
Would you say that it is a priority to make sure that you have all you need to keep your fitness on track, to keep your diet in check and to keep your mental health in great condition, or does that come after the shiny new stuff you simply must have?
Life is such a precious thing and its value is only really felt when you lose your health or watch a loved one suffer.
After watching my sister in law die of cancer, after watching my family struggle with their mental health and after fight so hard to keep my own health in check, my priority will always be this body.
So I will invest in the trainers that help me to keep fit (yes even trainers need trainers).
I will invest in my nutrition and I will invest in my mental health
What will you prioritise first?