Baby brain, Mummy brain, or whatever you’d like to call that fuzzy, fleeting, airheaded moment that you seem to be having more of lately. The sentences that get jumbled halfway through a dizzying tale, or the fact that you discovered you put the milk in the cupboard and your car keys in the microwave. You know what I’m talking about……and you don’t even have to be a Mum to know what I mean.
We are overscheduled, overbooked, overworked, and OVER it. In the age of the 21st century, the pinnacle of the “We’ve made it” era has us chasing our tails and wondering exactly where it is we’re meant to be headed. All that we could ever want, we have created. All that we have ever needed is a click of a mouse button away, yet somehow, we have less time than ever before.
I love technology, and clearly I am not shunning the information age as I sit here and write my “blog”, but as of late I have felt the magnetic pull of the earth calling me to come and explore the 360 degree view, the infinite skyline, and the feeling of the earth beneath my feet……
Even if I do step in the mud sometimes….
My kids have been one of the best indicators of when it’s time to leave the modern world behind and get a good dose of what Mother Nature has given us. During the school holidays Olivia got it into her head that she wanted to go horse riding. She hasn’t been on a horse since her lessons in Dubai but since meeting a new friend who is very passionate about horses, her interest was renewed. I decided to leave the 2 little people in good hands so that the girls could have a decent trek.
After a lovely drive we arrived at the scenic TiTree Hills Horse Treks where the girls were about to embark on an hour’s trek through the hills. Liv seemed a little nervous to start and kept asking whether she could have the easiest horse.
She watched carefully as her horse was chosen and prepared for her…
While Nicola, Liv’s friend was clearly at ease and in love with her equestrian friends..
But it didn’t take long before Liv eased into things and the girls were on their way.
And I was left in the most serene setting, almost in pure silence. Just me, my book, and my camera. I got a chance to walk around and look at the finer details and drink in the beauty of a place that is not so familiar to me.
It was only a few months ago that I got my new camera and it’s very rare that I get the opportunity to just practice shooting without little people hanging off my leg or worrying I am going to drop my lens cap in butter again (I often take snaps for the recipes I sometimes post while the kids are trying to get involved so these things happen!) and it was so lovely and refreshing to just have that time to myself. I still have so much to learn on the photography front and would love to take a course or some lessons when I get a chance but until then, being able to just shoot, shoot, shoot is going to have to do for now!
It was so peaceful that I actually had time to think while the girls were doing their trek and it made me realize that being in direct contact with nature makes your realize that happiness does not come from a 17 inch monitor offering you the world as your oyster. No, it does not come from a dot com state of mind where any place you wanna be, or any song you want to hear can be at your disposal with the click of your mouse.
But rather, it is the feeling of reconnection……of being GROUNDED, with 2 feet firmly planted on the ground. It is a state of “being”, of feeling connected to everything around you and the contentment of where your feet have landed regardless of the terrain.
I recently saw a poster on Etsy which had a very powerful message that perhaps I needed to hear at the time!
There is that old saying repeating in my head “Keep your feet firmly planted on the ground”. To me, this means that you can DREAM, but always keep it real, and what better way to do that than to get real. Get outside people! Love your virtual world, but don’t forget that all those things that look great on a 17 inch monitor look SO much better in real life.
Just ask Mr Ed….
You can lead a horse to water……..
C’mon….do it! Turn that computer off and get outside! Do something you normally wouldn’t do, or go somewhere you normally wouldn’t go. It’s a BIG world out there…