The first day of our cruise was spent at sea. Having never experienced this before I was unsure how I would feel. Would I feel sick? Would I be bored. Would I simply want to get off!? What I actually experienced was none of these, so I was unprepared for the total sense of freedom that washed over me.
As I stood on the bow of the ship with the wind in my hair and its gentle sting on my face, I felt myself relax. Of course there were lots of fellow passengers with me, but their presence was briefly erased and, for a moment, I felt alone with my thoughts. With no distractions I started to look closer, spotting things that I might so easily have missed. The way a seabird expertly flipped over the waves at the side of the ship, exposing a flash of white underbelly. It reminded me of a game of tag as a group of them danced and swerved missing each other by a feather! I felt almost tearful as I caught a glimpse of a dolphin skimming the waves, a mother with a baby at her side, they seemed to be having so much fun.
How easy it is for us to miss things in our busy daily lives? Sometimes it's not till we stop that we can truly appreciate the world around us. Its beauty, its frailty and even its harshness. I look out the window now I think, I'm warm, I'm dry, I've got a cuppa, and I start to feel more positive.
Yes I enjoyed the opportunity to step off the rollercoaster for a while, to relax away from phones, the Internet and the regular stresses of life. Sure when you get home all those things are still there, but for now I feel ready to return to my WIP with a new set of eyes. I hope the feeling stays with me - for a while at least.
I hope you all have found a few moments to relax and be inspired this summer.
|Sunset from the deck|