Here in the south of England, we have been put under tight covid restrictions once again. The virus is escalating and have been asked to stay home and we are only supposed to go out for essential goods and services. The one thing that we are allowed to do is exercise outside with one other person and this has been a blessing to me because it’s given me the opportunity to walk with, and get to know some fabulous women friends who I might have only seen once in a blue moon during normal times.
When I feel that I’m struggling, I text one of my friends and we schedule a walk. We meet at the entrance to a park or nature reserve and we set out, walking and talking. As the walk progresses, I can feel the heaviness leave my mind and body because there are always stories to tell, burdens to share and often a good laugh to be had. And then just like that, I feel better. Thank you, friends.
“Within this true and utter quiet – a pause in my life while so many are still biting through deep loss – I try to imagine a future based upon what I still have. It is the very precarious material of Love that is left to build upon this year and into the next. We are all of us in this suspended somewhat so, even while our hearts, our very real hearts, amazingly, if occasionally, dare to dream. On we go. ” – Heather Robinson, from her blog, Lost in Arles.