As we face this unprecedented event in our lives, I am filled with anxiety. and fear. However with this feeling of helplessness and loss of freedom we are experiencing, it has made me think about what brings me joy in life. When I think about this my thoughts are invariably drawn to a few key elements:
Whether it’s watching it going up (although it is rare I am up that early!), down, or just enjoying it’s rays on my skin, the sun is the one thing that will make me stop, take a deeper breath, and relax.
It can be calm or rough, blue or murky (although preferably blue!), but looking out at the expanse of water in front of me brings me great joy. I can feel the space all around me, life doesn’t crowd me when I’m by the sea, the claustrophobia lifts.
I love a view! With a similar theme to the sea, when a great view opens up in front of me it feeds my soul. There is something about a view like these that puts everything into perspective.
The smaller things
And of course, joy isn’t just found in these moments, it can be as simple as going for a walk and enjoying the local surroundings, which a lot of us are doing more of at the moment! There are a couple of trees in my local park which I just love for their gnarliness (is the even a word?!), they are so majestic!
Or just having a good cup of tea and a biscuit!
Or spending the afternoon gassing with a friend over a good cup of tea and biscuit…although in those circumstances I am sure we would upgrade to cake!
Of course in these current times, we are turning for virtual chats as we all practice social distancing. I can’t wait until I can have those cuppas face to face with my friends and family again.
Joy is found in the smallest and the biggest of things.
It’s recognizing these moments which is the key, especially at the moment during these challenging times, when joy won’t be found in travelling to far off places, but in the small, everyday moments of our lives.
Here’s to finding those moments of joy in these difficult times and holding on to them!
PS – A lot of these photos are from our trip to Turkey last year! We visited Istanbul and Kalkan, which are both stunning locations!