The Bigger Picture

Look up. I had no idea these trees had Christmas lights on until I looked back through my photos and found this accidental selfie on my phone. 
Hello friends,

I had the intention this week of writing a post all about our fascination with documenting our lives. It’s a subject that intrigues me and I want to delve into it a bit more. But in the lead up to the festive period, I’ve been getting distracted by the hustle and bustle of it all. That post will have to have its big moment another time.

I’m currently sat in one of my favourite places as of late, good old Caffè Nero, listening to a budding American comedian talking to a quiet Irish man, slightly older than her, about her craft. She's talking in depth about the presence of her peers when they perform on stage. They're smart. They're serious.

It's like a window to another world.

This alone got my attention as everything she was saying was a truly fascinating look from an outsiders perspective looking in. A whole new light shone on a world I'm not privy to.

But it was something else she said which really got me thinking.

When people are in the city, we all live inside our own heads. We’re all on our own mission, trying to achieve our work goals. We stop noticing the bigger picture.

When we’re in the countryside, we see everything through a completely different set of eyes. We learn what time it is, just by noticing where the shadows fall on the pavement and by the position of the sun in the sky. We look at the trees, we notice the leaves changing colour. We observe the seasons. We pay attention.

We learn to appreciate time passing and we learn to notice what's happening around us.

And this is how I feel right now. So often I find the days and weeks rushing past me. I’m constantly planning things in advance so I have a nice full calendar to look at in my bullet journal. But sometimes I forget to stop for a moment and take it all in.

It’s just over a week until Christmas and I’m still not completely sure it’s hit me that the festive season is in full swing.

I’ve always been the type of person to enjoy the lead up to Christmas almost more than the main event. I enjoy the anticipation, the excitement, that fuzzy feeling you get inside when you reconnect with friends you’ve not caught up with for a while.

And so I’m using this cold winter lunchtime tucked away in a coffee shop as a moment to reflect and see things from a different perspective.

As an early 2018 New Years resolution, I'd like to spend more time next year taking a step back and observing what’s going on around me. Get my head out of my phone (as I touched on in this week's Pillow Talk), and look up, and pay attention to the seasons changing. To time passing. To the bigger picture.

The End.