Today is your day.
You’re off to Great Places!
You’re off and away!
Dr Seuss – Oh The Places You’ll Go!
Today, a list of my favourite places. Some are close by, some are far away. All are special for different reasons. I was interested to notice that they are all outside places.
All of them help me to clear my head and get back in touch with my heart.
And I can visit all of them in my head when I need to escape, distract or relax.
Streets of Shanghai
My beloved best friend lives in Shanghai and I’ve made several visits to stay with her. I walk for hours and hours exploring the streets (and shops) but somehow find a stillness in this electric city of nearly 24 million people.
Pre-parenting, many lazy holidays were spent in this quiet pocket of Koh Samui. Scrabble and drinks on the verandah, massages under the coconut palms, the gentle lapping of the water…This is a favourite visualisation to manage my anxiety in the dentist’s chair.
Under our golden ash tree
Sometimes Mr 6 and I lie on our backs and do this together on the trampoline. At other times, it’s a solitary pursuit on the grass or a rug. No matter the season or weather, there is always something calming about observing the world from this angle.
90 Mile Beach
We regularly visit friends at the Gippsland Lakes and take a boat over to the surf. The vast expanse of sandy coastline and the ocean help me to stop and contemplate life. A gusting wind clears out the cobwebs too.
I written before about how lucky we are to live basically next door to bushland in suburban Melbourne. Going for a walk there is like sneaking away from life for a bit. Every thing slows down.
Tell me about your favourite places.
What makes them special to you?