2009 has kept me busy, after having made a decision at the onset of it to devote more time to my family (not that I don't already!???!??!??). I have however realised that there is much truth in the fact that as your children grow older..... they need you more. My wise sister-in-law Lou has often said to me, "B - picture yourself as an elastic band....and just when you think you're stretched to the MAX, you find it in you to stretch yourself even more", and boy is she RIGHT! So my time has been limited, but with my mind having become quieter this year, I've found myself being able to pay more attention to what's going on around me, and I'm just going to put this out there, but I do believe that maybe, just maybe, our world really is going positively mad!
I'm generalising I know, but people have become manic to say the least, and I'm talking everyday, "ordinary Joe's", like me!!! - not just the axe wielding, crazy types with guns, but just us ordinary folk, going about our daily lives, who don't even notice how ever so subtly our lives have become dictated to, by the demands, gadget's, deadlines and the "absolutely everything and anything's" that are available to us in the modern world. I feel so divided from all of this. Our lives and the lives of our children are a hive of activity, and revolve around our diaries, and trying to do everything, as much as possible, as quickly as possible. And just when did the term multi-task become the RAGE, because really, honestly, I'm SOOOO over it? The scary thing about the rat race of life is that when you're in it, it's hard to stop, because you look around you and everyone else is doing it, so you keep at it.
The photo below was taken a few Sunday's ago. We spent a wonderful, relaxed afternoon in the nature reserve, whilst the children ran a mock and explored close by, just as we did when we were young - I just LOVE the photo below - I don't know why it speaks to me - maybe because of how free they look, and partly because I can still hear their squeals of delight, and their laughter, as they chased each other down the path....
And yes - that is a NAKED child in the photo below: Rachael playing in the stream in her birthday suit, with Melanie suspended in a tree like a little fairy. I love that our children can still at times, enjoy life the way we used to.
I'm truly grateful for days like this one. It's a great reminder that at the end of the day, we can still choose the simple life if we want to, when we want to, and that in a world that seems to be losing the plot, we still have a choice to enjoy a lazy day enjoying what nature has to offer, whilst children play in the stream (naked if they want to!), and do our bit to save the earth, and read (or blog = creativity, sharing and caring!) instead of watching TV, and say no to a watch, a schedule, and A DIARY (unless it's the kind where you're sharing your innermost secrets!)....and live the life we choose!
The photo above is of a mostly undiscovered "secret garden", maintained by residents who own properties that border this area. The serenity and beauty of it can't be described.