I’ve been working a lot lately on trying to ride the ups and downs that life brings a little more gracefully. I mean, I’m really excellent at the ups (pro-upper, me 😉 ) but I do struggle a lot with placing meaning on the down days. Life is good, and full, and wonderful of course, but we are all only human after all. And vulnerability and self-doubt are still very present from time to time.
I find that in most cases where I feel a bit off kilter, getting outside is always a tonic. It’s a conscious act of stepping away from the screens, breathing deeply, noticing the things that really matter. The breeze through a canopy of blossom, sunlight dancing on a shady patch, the scent of woodland after the rain. It’s an awareness of how little we are in this big world I guess, and I always feel much more myself when I take notice.
I speak so passionately to our children about self-worth, about perspective and purpose, and often forget that words mean nothing if you’re not really living them too. I’m trying hard to practice what I preach. I think that’s the challenge (one of many!) of parenthood, isn’t it? Leading by example.
Floral Skirt : NEW LOOK
Bracelet : KATE SPADE
Nails : ESSIE FIJI
There’s a quote by Henry David Thoreau that goes ‘I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately…’ It’s from his book ‘Walden’, in which he charts two years, two months and two days of solitude, living purposefully from the land. It’s an extreme move, perhaps not for us all (no wifi reception! 😉 ) but I love his sentiment nonetheless. Living deliberately. Meaningfully. Having an awareness. Cutting through the white noise. Noticing the detail.
Both the easiest and the most difficult thing to do in this crazy, fast-paced age we live in. And yet maybe the biggest responsibility we have – in raising people up who are conscious thinkers, who see life in 3D, who understand that there are still some things that metrics can’t measure.
I’m no expert, no Thoreau. No adventurer and certainly no great thinker. But we’ve made our own little cabin in the woods, of sorts. I’m learning that starting somewhere is better than not starting at all. Graceful, present, definite living.
A legacy worth striving for.