2016: the year of spaciousness

Because there's more to life than work

The positive side of having a cold


  • You have a good excuse for not working over the weekend
  • You can’t taste anything, so you eat less which means you can make up for it when you’re better
  • You get to regress to childhood with cold cures (always Schweppes bitter lemon in our household, weirdly. My mum insisted the quinine in it made you better.)
  • Sitting around in your dressing gown for half the day is expected rather than a sign that you’re on a spiral of decline
  • Basic tasks that require no brain power get done because you’re too tired to do anything else – I sewed up a hat yesterday that I actually finished knitting last February. It took just 20 minutes.


  • Once you start feeling better you feel fantastic – I’ve just been for a run round the local park, seen squirrels, marvelled at the leaves turning, dodged kids knocking conkers down from trees and feel utterly brilliant.

Cold – what cold?


4 thoughts on “The positive side of having a cold

  1. now that’s being an optimist. knitting for hours if you’ve got enough energy is nice too. 😉

  2. I just got over one of my worst colds in years and I experienced almost all of these! I now feel like I have 10x more energy. More importantly, it helped me slow down, re-focus my priorities, and bring my heart and mind back where it should be. I truly am thankful that I got sick : )

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