Longing for summer
After an early morning start, cycling into the market buying some fresh vegetables and flowers, we sat down for a coffee in the garden. For many of us, these past years have been difficult. The world has slowly changed and we have become different people with different lives. The interesting thing is not that life-changing or profound happenings have not come around for each of us before. But, the uniqueness of the current circumstances is that we’ve had to change our habits and day-to-day lives all at the same time. And most of this has occurred in solitude. Although time to some extent have stood still it has granted me (and many of us) the space to grow and embrace the slow-living and the unknown that I’ve always longed for.
Before the lockdown of the world, I’ve always been very set in what I wanted to do, work in politics, have an academic career, live in a big city. But I’ve realised that for far too long I was clinging on too tight onto a vision of what my future should look like, not what made me feel happy. Yet, to live life that is truly ours I’ve realised that I need to not hold on to any vision too tightly, to stay open to the twists and turns that presents themselves.
So as I was cycling this morning, overlooking the sea, I realised that I love the notion of not holding on too tightly to a conceptual vision of what life should be. Although it has been a long conversation between Patrick and myself about what will happen next we’ve realised that our inspiration to live a more simple life will move us forward. Although I wish I could share with you all our thinking, plans, next steps, I’ll keep it to myself for a bit longer until it is all set in stone (as the Brits say). For now, check out my Pinterest where I’ve gathered some of the dreamiest summer tablescapes: Patricia’s Pinterest Spring Table Dreams that makes me long for dinners in the garden, amongst flowers, trees and grass.
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