“Being able to smell the fresh air and disconnect from the news and your phone–there’s nothing like it.“
Hubby and myself went out for a drive this afternoon. We didn’t go too far, but it was great being up in the hills enjoying the fresh country air–even though it was only for a short while today.
Hubby sometimes stops to let me photograph things that catch my eye. I’m always scouring for photo opportunities. I capture many more photos in my mind when I’m outdoors or traveling than I ever actually record with my camera! Any photographers (pro or hobbyist) reading this, will know exactly what I mean. Photographers never ‘switch off’ to photographic possibilities.
On Sunday afternoon, hubby and myself packed a picnic basket and headed out into the countryside. It was misty and even drizzly at times, but it was quietly comforting being inside the warmth of the car enjoying the scenery in passing after not having taken a trip like this in so long.
We kept well within the required ‘local’ vicinity (i.e. a 5 mile radius of home) but even so it seemed like another world! I couldn’t fathom if this was because we hadn’t been into the countryside for a good long while or because the weather seemed to drape the old familiar in a protective misty blanket making it take on a totally different appearance and atmosphere—perhaps it was a little bit of both.
Don’t be afraid to go into the mist—be excited because you don’t know where you will end up.
The countryside was so incredibly ‘quiet’ and ‘still’ and in a way it felt as if we’d stepped back in time to when there was much less traffic and noise on the roads and everyone walked or cycled from village to village. It was nice to get a ‘glimpse of a kind’ into what life may have been like years ago (before most people could afford a motor vehicle)…. and I believe I could definitely get used to it—the peace and quiet side of such anyway!
I was reminded of a saying that has been repeated in various places over the past few months and one which has stuck in my mind since hearing it:
In the rush to return to normal, use this time to consider which parts of normal are worth rushing back to.
So many of us have tasted a more relaxed and much simpler pace of life in recent months and it’s going to be difficult adapting back to the ‘norm’ we once knew—if such is even possible that is—but perhaps like the above quote by Dave Hollis suggests, we can be a bit more careful about what we choose to include in our new ‘norm’ and what we can leave behind with the old now that we have tasted the difference.