Apparently 'two out of three Britons' (I suspect there's some statistical massage going on there!) say they would rather choose the low-stress ideal of running their own B&B than pursue high-powered fancy careers like being an astronaut. And I'm with them...
I have several friends who have given their all working for the man, or the company, often at great personal sacrifice. Of course when you can make your job sound important and there are lots of big numbers in the salary it all seems such a good idea. But then the wind changes and you're unceremoniously dumped - or worse, you find yourself looking back over a long career and asking how you made the world a better place, exactly.
The article which produced the startling statistic was in several national dailies this week; this piece is from the Express. It's interesting that although money is very important (of course it is) there are other powerful motivators shaping our career ideals and choices.
The important thing - in my humble opinion - is to take control. Decide what you want out of life, and find a way to make it happen. Whether that's being an astronaut or a B&B owner, is up to you. But beware - the application process for astronauts is a bit more tricky.
We were woken this morning by our dog Trudy, who was crazy-barking to tell us something was wrong. When we came to investigate, we found that a young couple had pitched their tent on some rough ground about 3 inches from our garden fence last night, and were now getting up - early. Naturally, we muttered unkind things under our breath.
A while later, after the tent was packed away, the SCH doorbell rang, and when we answered a young man asked 'can you serve us some tea please?' We were a bit taken aback, but it seemed like the right thing to make them a cuppa. So we did - and enjoyed a most delightful, unexpected encounter with two lovely, bright young people. He was from Italy, and she from Morocco.
Sometimes the best bits of life just take you by surprise, and it was a nice reminder to us that we need to be ready to receive them!
They didn't offer to wash up though... The youth of today, huh