The Simple Things In Life
Today I went for a walk in the countryside with my husband, our four boys and our puppy. It was simple, it was charming and it was idyllic. It reminded me that the simple things in life are often the best.
Whilst my boys were climbing an enormous oak tree I looked up at the branches above me and felt so peaceful. I looked at the beautiful clear blue sky through the branches and just enjoyed the moment of feeling free and happy. I cherished the memories we were creating.
The stream that they couldn’t wait to dip a foot in as they skillfully mastered their way across the rocks.
The tree that they simply had to climb just because it was there.
The ability to run free and not worry about traffic or masses of strangers.
Our lives are so hectic that we very rarely take time to appreciate what is around us. Too much emphasis is put on finding the next best thing to do. The next best video game, the next best holiday, the next best theme park……
When I fell pregnant with my fourth son I remember a friend saying to me, ‘but don’t you want to be able to go on lovely holidays or go for days out?’ I remember thinking back then how materialistic that sounded and how the most important thing for me was having a loving family.
We do have lovely days out. They just may not be at the nearest theme park where we spend over £100 to get in and then queue half the day for rides.
We do still have lovely holidays. So what if they are in England instead of somewhere hot and exotic?! Let’s face it, on a sunny day Cornwall is the new Costa Del Sol!
When your kids are young you need to embrace the things that you can do and not dwell on the things that you can’t. If I became a millionaire tomorrow my favourite thing would still be to get outdoors for a lovely walk with my family and watch their little faces smiling as they unknowingly take in their surroundings.
So next time you are out with your kids, go and hug that tree that they are climbing, take a deep breath and just enjoy the moment.
And then if your kids are like mine, take another deep breath and close your eyes shut tight as they hang upside down 8ft off the ground pretending to be sloths! – Just a little reality check there for you in case you were picturing the six of us calmly gathered round a tree balancing on each other in our latest yoga moves!