Dubai's Desperate Housewife

Trials and traumas of a full-time mum in Dubai

Carpe Diem – or missed opportunities

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If you’re anything like me, you read and research voraciously. You think, as you browse the internet, “one day we’ll go there, do that, try that. Wow, that looks like fun. We’ll do that one day, when the weather’s better, when the kids are older, when we have visitors, when we’re not so tired…” You bookmark them on the iPad, tear out magazine pages, create “things to do” files.

And, sometimes we get around to doing those things, but often we don’t. We forget about them, or we do newer, more exciting things – let’s face it, in Dubai there’s always something newer and better to do than last year’s theme park, shopping mall or penguin-cuddling experience.

We never even made it sky-diving together!


I was thinking about this the other day as a dear friend left Dubai for good last week. Of course we did the drinks, the girls’ night at Rivington Grill, the teary goodbyes and the “see you in the summer”s, but it’s taking my brain a while to catch on that, after three years of top-notch friendship, she’s gone.

In the back of my head I’m still planning things we can do together. Dinners out, pool barbecues (now the littlest children are old enough not to be a liability), weekends at Zighy Bay.

And then it hits me like a sledgehammer that those weekends at Zighy Bay? They won’t be happening again. There’s no point planning a barbecue because she’s seven hours’ flight away and up to her knees in Cotswolds mud.

And it made me think: When I come up with these ideas, these plans, ideas for things to do, we should just do them. Stop waiting for a better day. Stop procrastinating because, before you know it, your friends might be gone. Carpe diem, friends, carpe diem.

Written by mrsdubai

April 9, 2012 at 5:54 pm

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  1. I would like to just add that carpe diem does not apply to making my first ever visit to Chuck-e-Cheese. For that, I’ll happily wait another five years and then, oh my, the children will be too old. 😛


    April 9, 2012 at 6:05 pm

  2. Doing something fun and unique is worth it especially if you have kids, but you have to be careful with your spending habits. It is so easy to overspend all in the name of looking for an activity that offers great pleasure and this could lead you into debt. With this in mind, planning your budjet carfully is essential since this is the best way of controlling your finances.

    Allan Doe

    April 10, 2012 at 9:17 pm

  3. We’ll skydive into Bicester together in July I promise! X


    April 15, 2012 at 1:14 am

  4. I have come to this exact conclusion Mrs Dubai a few months ago!


    May 21, 2014 at 9:06 pm

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