Today’s #AdventWord is #wilderness. Wilderness for me conjures images of mountains, rivers and forests. I am very lucky where I live, we are close to town but live in the countryside and this time of the year feels extremely wild. The weather seems to change constantly and as I write this we have had constant fog now for a number of days, filtering the sunlight and feeling like we are living in a bubble.
After spending so much time at home over the last few years this feels more at home to me and actually when going into town I notice more of the hustle and bustle, looking objectively at how we all live our lives and what is deemed important to most actually feels more like wilderness.
Taking a step back, especially at this time of the year when material items dominate the season rather than appreciating the whole reason why we celebrate and come together. Spending time outside is so grounding, and just being in the wild to reflect, has really helped me and my perspective on life.
The image I have chosen is one I have taken of a local National Trust property Stourhead that we often visit. It surprises me that my children are excited to go here (they are not at an age, yet, where they find this boring) but I suppose, that will come. I hope to be able to instil in them the importance of nature and the wild. Keep them grounded with all the things that come with everyday life. The wilderness has always been and hopefully always will be.