In The Moment

It was a few years ago that I was introduced to the TV series Firefly.  It was another few months before I realised that it related to the film Serenity that I’d bought on a whim because it was cheap.

I used to watch Firefly with a friend and a takeaway so the tenuous link I’m going to build is that, despite the simplicity of the situation, those evenings were my own particular form of serenity.

I believe that it’s an Alcoholics Anonymous quote that says that one’s serenity is inversely proportional to their expectations.  It’s one of those sentiments that has a strange dichotomy of real life meaning.

Limiting expectations can feel like limiting dreams and settling.  It sounds unambitious, even defeatist.  The problem, though, with focussing on the future is that we tend to not focus on the present.  There’s an assumption that we already know what is best for ourselves which may or may not be true, and an assumption that the key to happiness is in achievement.

I think it can be simpler than that, and that true serenity (irrespective of whatever else is happening) can be found in the simplest of moments such as the takeaway and DVDs.  That’s probably a big point on which we and the person with whom I shared Chinese differed.

So here’s to my version of serenity.  Not the one with Summer Glau or the one where every minute is spent chasing a future that we won’t be happy without, but instead getting lost in a perfect moment, as simple or as complex as that is.

The photo was taken on iPhone X from King’s Garden Footbridge in Southport as the sun was setting at about 4pm on Sunday afternoon.  I loved the colours reflecting in the lake with its gentle ripples.  Everything seemed calm, even down to the fact that the fair was closed.  It was one of those scenes where you didn’t need to think of its meaning or anything else.  You could just enjoy it as it was.

I’m trying but I keep falling down
I cry out but nothing comes now
I’m giving my all
And I know peace will come
I never wanted to need someone

Yeah, I wanted to play tough
Thought I could do all this on my own
But even Superwoman
Sometimes needed Superman’s soul

Help me out of this hell
Your love lifts me up like helium
Your love lifts me up when I’m down down down
When I’ve hit the ground
You’re all I need

And if you let go
I’ll float towards the sun
I’m stronger ’cause you fill me up
But when the fear comes
And I drift towards the ground
I am lucky that you’re around

Yeah, I wanted to play tough
Thought I could do all this on my own
But even Superwoman
Sometimes needed Superman’s soul

Help me out of this hell
Your love lifts me up like helium
Your love lifts me up when I’m down down down
When I’ve hit the ground
You’re all I need
‘Cause your love lifts me up like helium
Your love lifts me up like helium

You lift me up and I am found
You lift me up before I hit the ground
You lift me up when I’m down down down
You lift me up before I hit the ground
You lift me up and I am found
You lift me up before I hit the ground
You lift me up when I’m down down down
You lift me up before I hit the ground

Your love lifts me up like helium
Your love lifts me up when I’m down down down
When I’ve hit the ground
You’re all I need
‘Cause your love lifts me up like helium
Your love lifts me up like helium
Your love lifts me up like helium
Your love lifts me up like helium

Helium by Sia

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