I recently returned to New Zealand with Anthony for my Grandad’s 90th birthday. It was a glorious trip and has inspired a torrent of writing as it reminded me of the aspects of my life that are necessary for me to feel alive and well.
For me this is family and loved ones, nature, beauty, community, friends, meditation, rest, connection and New Zealand. My next few posts are going to be following this theme and tell me, what are some of the most important things to you and how do you make sure you incorporate them in your life?
My nephews immediately make me feel alive. They are little rascals, but I love them to death.
Several weeks ago I found myself fixating on something. To the point of exhaustion. I was so intent and obsessed with achieving it and winning that big shiny trophy that I was forgetting to enjoy the steps along the way. This was swiftly brought to my attention by my nephews as I watched them immersed in play.
There I sat, perched on the corner of their sandpit, careful not to get sand on my jeans. There they stood stridently in front of me, two pairs of small feet planted firmly in the ground, encouraging me to come closer and get involved.
Isaac heaves his diggers about him chaotically; banging them to the ground, claiming the biggest as his own, before handing me the smaller, less effective truck. ‘That yours,’ he says.
We sit and we dig. Me effortlessly and absentmindedly, with very little investment in the task; them, huffing and puffing away beside me using both hands to plough their plastic spades into the sandpit that was so neatly constructed by my dad, and Wilco (Isaac’s dad). I think they got as much enjoyment out of building the fort and the sandpit as the boys do playing in it. I am taken back to when I was a child and spent hours constructing glorious houses and cities for sylvanians and dolls. The enjoyment was always in the doing, rather than in the outcome itself.
They slowly and methodically pile sand onto the back of their ‘twucks.’ Each small spadeful aiding in the process and every step as important as the next. They flatten down the sand with precision before heaving the truck onto its roof, eyes wide with glee at seeing the sand piled high before them. They look to me, waiting for me to flatten mine before grabbing my twuck and upturning it into the sand.
The boys work as if their life depends on it and they enjoy it, every step of the way.
Here are some photos of them playing at the beach, it was a joy to watch and to join in the fun.
Today I remind you to play, and enjoy it x
So there you have it, two little creatures showed me a thing or two about life and how to enjoy it today. I would love to know some of the things that keep you feeling alive, just hit reply and leave a comment.
Live for today x