Hi friends! It’s been a while since I did a Thursday Quotables post, hasn’t it? Today’s quotes are from the first book that made me sob my eyes out in 2021 – Half a World Away by Mike Gayle. You can read the full review here.
It doesn’t matter how often I’ve been to the seaside, I still get a little thrill when I catch sight of the sea for the first time.
I grew up in a small seaside town in the west coast of Estonia and the sea has always been in my life. My bedroom overlooked the old railway station and had the most beautiful view of the sunset over the sea every night. Whenever I get to make my way down to any beach, it reminds me of home.
Because that’s the thing about family, when it’s done right, there’s nothing in the world that you wouldn’t do for them, no obstacle you wouldn’t climb, no sacrifice you wouldn’t make, just to see them be okay.
I come from a small family; most of my life it’s been predominantly myself and my nana. Of course I have my mother and father and 4 half-siblings, but I remember my family being just the two of us. This quote made me feel all the feels. Over the past month, I’ve felt incredibly homesick, and I read this book around the time it would’ve been my late brother’s 35th birthday, so rest assured it was an emotional time for me anyway.. but there really isn’t anything I wouldn’t do for my nana, or anyone else in my family.
It’s these small moments that make life worth living. The moments you take for granted. The ones you think will always be in plentiful supply. But if this past year has shown me anything, it’s the need to cherish each and every moment, whether good or bad, whether joyful or painful, as the precious fleeting gifts that they are.
Isn’t this beautiful? Throughout this book, I was constantly reminded to enjoy everything in life whilst I have the opportunity and I felt comforted in my own sorrow.
I really, really recommend reading this book. It’s beautiful, although sad, but still beautiful. You can get a copy here.
So that is it for today’s Thursday Quotables post. Should I carry on with them? I read a ton of books last year that never made it to my blog, but still have a bunch of gorgeous quotes in them.. Let me know what you think?