Few months ago kind of set a rough goal that I wanted to keep up all the outdoor activities that I get up to for the whole year round. So to make sure each month that I have been out hill walking, kayaking and mountain biking. Doesn’t need to be doing as much of them as did as early in the year but to still keep them going even though the weather isn’t as good and there is less daylight hours. Got the gear to allow that to happen so why not, know how good it is for me physically and mentally so just got make sure that I get out there.
Sometimes there is nothing better than being out for an early morning dog walk and seeing the day waking up. The colours of the sky this morning were amazing!
So yesterday was a week on from last Friday and that being the worst that I have ever felt. My brain makes a lot of associations with everything and remembers some aspects in a lot of detail so I was expecting some moments to be harder which they were but overall it was a pretty good day and a world apart from the week before.
Have done a lot of talking over the past few days so yesterday it was great to get out for a walk with Kat and Maia at Cathkin Braes in the sunshine and wind. Bit of talking but actually for both of us it was more just about enjoying being outside and being in the moment, being grateful to have that moment right there and then. Mindfulness for me isn’t about having those 10/15/20 minutes a day to sit with your thoughts but actually just more being exactly in the moment at that point with whatever you are doing. Yeah I very much can’t do that all the time and I don’t think anyone can but when outdoors with my wife and dog it is very much about being there and then to enjoy that. At that point nothing else matters.
This picture was taken on Saturday morning from the outside area of the psychiatric ward at Lochgilphead. Where I work up on Saturday morning so yeah each time I have felt like I have hit rock bottom in the past few months I then seem to have another layer below that. However that really feels like it was right down there at the bottom.
Always find this time of year amazing for colours to see the greens turning to browns, oranges and reds. I would be hard to pick a favourite season as there is something good in all of them but my favourite part of this season is very much the colours.
So was great to go for a walk yesterday down at Loch Ard and get to enjoy all the colours. Was a bit of a grey day weather wise but actually that didn’t really matter , apart from the home ward stretch back to the car there wasn’t any rain. After spending so much time in the outdoors over the past few months and now that being reduced was good to use the opportunity yesterday to get outside.
Spent a wonderful day on Friday celebrating the marriage of two close friends Chris and Lauren. Was great to see both of them looking so happy and in love, very much enjoyed the day and privileged to be a part of their big day and their lives.