I’m lying on my back, bobbing on the surface of the water. It was cold when I got in, a refreshing hit from the heat of the sand and the sun. But now it feels warm, like a salty cocoon. The waves are coming thick and fast, but I’m far enough out to just float over them, rocking me gentle back and forth.
I can see the sun glistening off the curves of the wave tops, the cliff tops, splatterings of colour from umbrellas and towels across the beach. And I can hear laughter and the screams of children splashing and falling about. My husband is falling asleep on the beach with his hat over his face. My daughter is lying next to him, drying out from her recent swim. My son is jumping off the wharf, I can see his face strained in concentration and then bursting with happiness as he launches himself off the platform.
And I’m trying really really hard to take in every piece of this blissful moment. Because actually, my mind is still racing. I’m thinking about what we might cook for dinner tonight. I am wondering if my son is getting a bit exhausted (last night he was up at 1pm with a headache…has he had enough water?). Does my daughter have her suntan lotion on? Where is her hat? I’m actually still a bit annoyed at my husband because before we headed down to the beach he was sitting staring at his phone, caught in another world of social media, messages and chats with work. A world where he spends far too much time.
I have to consciously bring myself back into this moment. Remind myself that joy general comes as little pockets across the day, not as a blanket across every single thing that happens.
And so, I’m making a special effort to remember every little piece of this moment. This little blissful pocket, from our lovely holiday. Like a snapshot in my mind. As I take in each thing, it feels like someone has plugged me into the wall socket and bit by bit I’m charging back up.
Are you taking time to charge up so you are ready to jump into life?