Have you ever lost and found something?

…something you really cared for? I have never been attached to jewels, in general. In fact, I do not even like wearing necklaces, earrings or bracelets, and unless I receive one as a present, I do not buy anything of the kind. To be honest, the only things I wear are those that have a meaning to me. I have only ever had one necklace that was very dear to me, that I always wore and that I considered my lucky charm. I had it for twelve years and during this long time, I lost it more than once, in the most different situations, but incredibly I always lost and found it back again! I remember once I saw it lying on the bottom of the swimming pool while swimming. I started to believe that there was a reason if I kept losing and finding it, something like “my lucky charm would not abandon me as long as I needed it”. Maybe, being aware that one day I could lose it and not be so fortunate as to find it again, I unconsciously created this little story to prepare for the day. Well, that day arrived a few months ago. At first, I was desperate, I could not believe I was unable to find it this time but once I calmed down, it was easy for me to accept that it was gone. I learnt as a lesson, that being ready to accept that things (and people) come and go, are lost and found, is the best way to be prepared to face what life throws at us, a lesson that I feel it is worth sharing as a suggestion for everybody.

What really counts when you are buying school bags

Children should be allowed to have everything. They should grow up playing happily, learning from their experiences in safe environments. This is what all parents work hard to achieve for their little ones, and it is a most amorous purpose. Having said so, we have to face reality and understand how difficult life is for many families around the globe: parents having to work many hours to provide for their children, being unable to buy all toys their kids would like to have (which is terrible for a parent), and many more things that needn’t be mentioned. I have been recently thinking quite a lot of these parents and found myself to be a pretty lucky person. It must be so painful… 

A few days ago, while cleaning, I stopped and looked at my kids’ school bags, and realised I need to buy them new ones… they lasted long enough, but they were now falling apart. The theme of school bags is always ‘delicate’ because they need to be resistant, well built, spacious, but at the same time school bags should not be too big or heavy for the kids to carry, and, naturally, they must match the child’s taste. While shopping, I found out that now it is common to have school bags with wheels – had not noticed so far, as I had no need to look into the subject. These new school bags are a great solution for children who need to carry lots of books around and are not old and strong enough, as they ensure that no injury happens to their backs, I found them awesome.

When the moment came to check the school bags prices, I suddenly remembered those parents who struggle providing fully for their children. It is not a matter of buying toys or other extra stuff kids want, I realised it is about education, about giving all children the same possibilities to be educated and grow into potentially full adults. I could not believe I had not thought about that before. After some research, I discovered that school bags, which are common objects in our children lives, turned out to be luxuries for many. I could not bear this. I really did not want to, so I found a charity that works for children education and was happy to donate a sum that would cover the cost of school bags for some unfortunate young pupils. With this article, I would simply make people think a bit of how important education is and how much we can do for the others. Because in the end what really counts is helping one another.

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A life at the office, a life with a desk chair

Among my friends, I am the only one who works at a desk. By that I mean in an office. It may be strange, in fact a huge number of people around the globe are employed in offices, and yet I don’t know anybody else (except for my colleagues, naturally) who share the pros and cons of a sedentary job.

It so happens that I often have to explain around that it is not all fun and games. On the contrary, I would say. On top of the specific issues related to the company, which are pointless to mention in this context, more general and perhaps relevant issues come along with an office job. Let’s make it clear: it is not okay to sit all day; it really is bad if you don’t move enough. Sometimes, being out of shape is a (bad) lifestyle choice, some other times though, it is just a consequence of a job. Let’s suppose you have to work many hours sitting on your desk chair and you are unable to stand or have a break in which you can go for a walk; you are forced then into sedentariness every day, eight hours a day. Maybe you do a sport after work, but not everybody has the opportunity or time do to that. What happens is that you increase the risks of health problems. Which problems? Well, there are quite a lot, ranging from back, shoulder and neck aches to heart diseases, diabetes, blood circulation problems.

Whenever I explain this, the next question I get is: “what can you do to avoid incurring in health issues?”. This is when I begin detailing the wonders of the desk chair. It seems obvious, but a good desk chair truly changes the life of an office employee. If you have a quality desk chair, you will not suffer from back pain, and you will be able to work and be more productive. It is an big investment, unfortunately, as this is a pretty expensive item to get (unless you go cheap, but you really don’t want to), but it is an investment for a healthy life – which is what you want to aim at. Do not listen to your boss if he tells you that you can use a normal chair, demand to have a comfortable desk chair because it is really essential. 

And if your friends do not understand that also working in an office can cause you serious problems, just remind them about what I just wrote.

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