The direction of the wind

You notice the wind when it’s in your face.

Whether you’re on the deck of a ship, or out for a leisurely cycle, or training for a marathon, you notice when the wind is a headwind.

But when the wind is behind you, it’s easy not to notice.

It’s a good idea to pay attention to which way the wind is blowing.

That takes an investment in awareness in the present moment, looking up and around.

When we don’t make this small investment, we notice when the wind is against us, and possibly causing us trouble, but not when it’s in our backs and giving us its assistance.

And it’s not just the wind, either.

Inclines are more noticeable when you’re going uphill rather than down.

Privileges, too.

I was lucky enough to receive a full grant for third level education at University College Dublin in the 1990s. A few years before, there were few, if any, full grants. A few years later, grant aid like this was also extraordinarily difficult to come by.

The grant helped me make it to a campus, becoming the first person in my immediate family to graduate.

It took me years to appreciate how fortunate I was.

There were many days back then when I looked at my opportunities as obstacles, when thousands of others would have climbed over miles of obstacles for the opportunity I had.