Sunday, 12 April 2015

Nature, Sunsets & the End of an Era

There’s just something about nature that seems to capture my heart and fill my stomach with fluttering butterflies. Having lived in the city my entire life with only a few woodland areas where I can hear the birds hum in sync and the leaves whisper in secrecy, taking a trip to a country park seems to ignite a warm feeling inside and a bright smile that refuses to disappear. The feeling of disconnecting with Wi-Fi and connecting with nature, refreshing my mind instead of my Twitter feed, brings an uplifting joy that I simply can’t put into words.


I was taking in the picturesque scenery as my gaze fell upon what seemed like a staircase from Hogwarts. My eyes twinkled in excitement as I stood wonderingly at the bottom of the grand steps, excitement flooding my veins as the yearning to discover what was waiting at the top grew more insatiable by the minute. When my body finally caught up with my electric heart I raced up, a gentle breeze dancing through my hair and dress, making the whole scene look like a fairy tale.


When I reached the top my eyes simply couldn’t fathom the sight. I stood shaking my head in complete awe as I was pleasantly greeted by a blissful lake staring back at me. The sound of the soft ripples echoing through the air felt like a dream. I couldn’t utter a sound apart from a simple “wow” as the rest of my family joined me, their eyes widening too as they stared in complete admiration. It took us all a few seconds to breathe in the moment and to just feel the beauty of it all. A few minutes later I zoomed back into reality and heard my little sisters laughing at the way the ducks waddled in and out of the lake. I noticed my mum, dad and brother smiling and simply enjoying each other’s company. I knew, that in that moment, we were all inescapably happy.

I spotted a fiery glow reflecting across the water. The sun was starting to set, beaming at us with that usual warm smile of his. He looked proud, proud at me and my family for our achievements and perseverance through all of the turmoil, worries and stress we’ve encountered throughout the years. In an odd way it felt like a marker, almost like a touchstone to the end of an era. In a few months’ time everything is going to drastically change as we’re all growing up so fast and it felt like as a family we needed this one perfect day to celebrate who we’ve become before we enter the next chapter of our lives.

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I was inspired to write this after the most incredible day out with the family. After picnicking in the sun, seeing my sisters bounce with enthusiasm on the fair rides, racing my brother on the zip wire and indulging in some delicious ice cream, I felt immensely overjoyed with how blessed we all are to have each other and to have embarked on such a memorable adventure together.

{All photos are mine, please give credit if you want to use them!}

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