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How Big is Your World?

I was recently analysing the extent of my understanding of the world and the people in it, and I decided that It ought to be much larger.

When I was a child, I had a very narrow understanding of the world, which likely consisted of no more than a thousand people, and the area of a few small towns. The area’s I had never been to, outside the town lines and even inside people’s homes I’d never visited, were nothing more than large black patches in my mind that I never really gave much thought to. There was, in my perception, absolutely nothing out there, just a vastness of black emptiness. When my friends moved away, they were just as well dead, swallowed up by the big black patch of emptiness which I knew nothing about, friend goes on vacation…spends time in the black patch before safely returning to our small sheltered world.

As I grew up, I began to explore more of this world, and question things more easily. But the ‘Black Patch’ theory, to this day still stands. With a few exemptions of course, including the ability to understand that there are different cultures and the ability to learn about them. What really concerned me though, as my way of viewing the world evolved, was that there were so many grown people in the world who have never been outside their city, their small town, or their village. Their idea of what the world consists of has to be so completely different from mine, I can’t even begin to think of what it would be like for them. Particularly the people in the world without the wonders of modern technology to show them what is really out there. But as I thought some more, this doesn’t mean they aren’t just as happy, or perhaps even more happy with their lives than myself.  They are likely more content with their lives that’s for sure.

As I went to school, got a degree, and travelled about the planet for a few years, I have been boggled with what the people in this world are like and what they can do. I want to see so much more of it, and I fear this new desire is a thirst that can never be quenched. I obsess about clearing away my ‘Black Patches’ and knowing all there is to know. I want to meet so many more people, widen my circle, and experience so many new things…

I have sworn now, to always keep a map of the world on my wall, so as to never forget what’s really out there, good and bad. Never to stop dreaming about adventure, and never to get too comfortable in once place.

I want to Live Big. I want to have stories. I want to tell them.

What I want to ask you all is, how big is your world? Are you satisfied with all of the people you’ve met and the places you’ve gone in your life or do you want to know more? And the number of facebook friends you have doesn’t count. If your answer was no, then like me, you need to stop making excuses and reach for your dreams.

Never hold grudges, don’t have any regrets, and say ‘Yes’ whenever you can.


-Miss Hailey Jane


The Beginning..

They say everyone has a novel in them, but I think they’re wrong. What I seem to have is an amalgamation of sporadic creative blips that in no way line up to create a coherent story.  Not that these blips are anything but wildly entertaining, it’s just that there’s no way to present them to a willing and eager public. So this here…whatever this is… will be my attempt to enlighten the blogosphere on the wonders of my universe, and the lights that sparkle in my sky. The majority of my writing is based on fact, though most people would not believe it, it is usually all tightly bound around the real.

Across an ocean of deepest blue

awaits a life that is bold and new.

Across the patchwork quilted land

rests a life that is rich and is grand.

A heavy heart in salt-stained hems

yearns for life along the Thames.

To dance, to frolic and be fancy free

from Devonshire to Leigh on Sea.

Open minds and open doors

and open books upon the floors.

Castles, manors, cottages and flats

history topped with a bowler hat.

Men in wool, in tweed or tie

men with elbows munching mince pie.

Cobbled streets, lighted ways

glowing nights and hazy days.

The best of life is for you to decide,

while the world’s a trip, you’re along for the ride.

Some say not to fall victim to the wiles and the charm,

but the sky really is brighter with an Englishman on your arm.

-Hailey Jane    13.02.2012

I’m not as hedonistic as I sound, but I do firmly believe in living life to the fullest by way of enjoyment, fun, happiness and love.  So open your mind to the wonders of the world, never let an opportunity pass you by and remember that adventure is your best friend.

Pure joy is contagious.