“When we cannot bear to be alone, it means we do not properly value the only companion we will have from birth to death – ourselves.” Eda LeShan
Sometimes I love being on my own. Listening to my music, reading, creating, going for walks but just occasionally I am troubled with my own company – my overactive mind tries to pull me into negative thought processes and it becomes a battle to be my normal happy, sunny self.
A few weeks ago I woke up alone in the house ,my boys were both staying away, and there were those negative thoughts…doing their best to make me think that my day would be a challenge.
No! Not so. Not having it.
I thought what would make me happy?
The answer was instantaneous. The sea.
It was a rainy, blustery day but I got my waterproof, packed my rucksack with a flask and some bits to eat, and got in the car and drove.
I arrived in Lytham St.Annes about an hour later to the promise of blue skies and the smell of sea air.
I sat on a bench and just gazed out to sea. There it was. Contentment.
Call it what you will.
I was still on my own but now with a sense of freedom and adventure.
I walked along the promenade, past the delightful 18 hole mini golf course, and in the distance could see what I initially thought was a kite, but which in fact, turned out to be a kite surfer!
I bet he hadn’t wallowed in his bed for half an hour before he got up, I bet he was just out there thinking Wheeeeeee!!!! It’s Saturday. Time alone. Time for me.
The sun decided to come out.
I walked along the beach and here is what I saw: the pier
and then past the pier and in the distance flecks of movement in the sky… (click to enlarge)
not just one but a whole host of kite surfers (I wonder what the collective term would be?)
they were mesmerising and it absolutely made my day.
I ended up sitting on the dunes,watching, in awe.
then walked back along the beach and walked to the end of the pier.
I had such a lovely time. I should do it again…soon.
Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul. ~John Muir