Big supermarkets and shopping malls began to open, overseas travel became accessible, fast food became available, and my very local world began to disappear. And in its place, a world that seemed so much more exciting and more glamorous. As I embraced this exciting world, I didn’t look back.
But then, everything got out of balance.
For the last 6 months, our world has been disrupted. In Australia, we have had bush fires, followed by the pandemic and social unrest. And my life has become ‘local’ once more.
I have once again shopped in the local natural food store, met local friends, visited local places and returned in my mind to the places I once frequented daily as a child. Places that are now 10k miles away from where I live. The parks that have turned into apartment blocks, the cinema that is no more, and the shops that are long gone.
Life is a journey, but one thing that I have learnt is that if you’re always focused on the destination, you miss so much along the way. I’ve known this at an intellectual level for a long time, but knowing and doing are two, quite different things.
The pandemic has allowed me to get into the habit of practicing what I know and slowing my life down so that I can see what’s in front of me.
In the noise of social media, there have been some great, inspirational poems shared that have provided a source of comfort and thought. Here’s one that stood out for me. See what you think: