This week I have been doing my absolute favourite thing – Camping. I bloody LOVE IT!
Camping seems to be one of those things people love or hate. I would argue that the people that hate it aren’t doing it properly. That’s easy for me to say when I have been doing it since I was in utero (honestly). However all those years under canvas have given me the knowledge and experience to covert any hater.
So why do I love it so much? There is nothing more relaxing for me than sitting by a fire, snuggled up in a cosy hoody and thick socks, watching the stars (and trying to spot a shooting star). Taking all morning to eat breakfast and get washed and dressed is the best feeling. Embracing the slower pace is amazing.
But it’s not just about camping, it’s about getting away from the daily grind and rebooting our minds, bodies and importantly our souls.
I know people who never go on holiday. They take time off work, but spend it doing household chores and doing DIY. This can be satisfying and I do enjoy a week to sort the house out, but I also need to get away. I think it is so important for us to go and experience new things, whilst making amazing memories. By doing this we allow ourselves to rest and recover from the stress it is normally exposed to.
Now escaping to foreign climbs can be hard for me. I am not a good flyer. As in, it takes several gin and tonics just to get me into the airport! By the time we land at our destination I am desperately dehydrated from all the tears I have shed during the flight and normally feeling quite drained physically and mentally. It’s a massive challenge for me and whilst I do still go on holidays abroad on an almost annual basis, I also like to have a break away which is not stressful in the slightest for me. Hence the camping.
A Moment of Clarity
I realised how important this detox is whilst sat watching the sun set on the evening before we came home. The colours and the light was so mesmerising I could have sat there for ever. I sat with my husband and my friends and I laughed harder than I have in a long time. I truly felt myself again. This is why we do it. So ensure we do not become jaded or numb to the world. To make sure we enjoy the world around us and to give us the best memories to take on with us when inevitably return to normality as we know it.
So I encourage you all to book an adventure. It doesn’t have to be far. But it does have to be fun!