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All I ever wanted

Living the dream but not feeling it? When Suzy Bashford moved to the Scottish Highlands, it was a lifelong wish come true – so why did the shine wear of so soon? Then, she learned about the hedonic treadmill, and how to get of it

Living in the Highlands has always been my dream. A few years ago, I made it a reality, packing up my commuter-belt life to head for the hills and a freer, more fun family existence.

As the removal van pulled into our new driveway, in our new village enveloped by pine forests, my heart felt so full of gratitude I thought it might burst. It felt intuitively ‘right’, like no other decision I had ever made.

With childlike glee, I placed our belongings lovingly in their new home. I kept stopping to savour the view from the many windows scattered around the light and airy modern house. I did a jig in my walk-in wardrobe. I stood in the shower, fully clothed, eager to experience an en suite of my own – all the time bathing in the sound of my two boys whooping for joy outside in our ‘epic’ (their description) garden. It was so different from the dark, cramped, and slightly crumbly cottage we’d come from. I remember vowing: ‘I am never going to take this for granted.’

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