I’ve spent (and still spend) a fair amount of my life looking through Pinterest for inspirational quotes to help me remember that having a mental health issue is OK, that I am OK and that being curvy is not only more than OK but BEAUTIFUL.
We all go through difficult periods in our life where we feel overwhelmed and unable to cope at times. For me personally, these instances can occur once, twice, even three times a week. It could be work that is piling up, money woes, relationship issues… anything at all!
Whatever the cause, I have noticed myself having these moments more and more in the last few years and especially so in the last few months. I decided I wasn’t having any of that so I packed a bag and joined my parents at their house in Spain for a bit of RnR.
One afternoon whilst floating in the pool and looking up at the clouds, I got a sense of calm, safe and happy. I realised I had never really stopped to appreciate that before. We live in a world that is so focused on bringing us down, demanding us to look and feel a certain way and making us believe that money is what makes us happy. We are surrounded by this so much so that we forget all the FREE stuff around us that can bring happiness too.
I discovered happiness can be hidden in a colour, a shape and or a texture. I started to spot this in most things, like the cut of an orange, the green in succulents or simply the soft trickle of water. I just found everything to be so relaxing and it allowed my mind to stop thinking for a moment and take in what was in front of me. I guess you could call it my form of meditation (of which I have never been very good at, believe me, I have tried many a time!!)
I would be interested to know if there is anyone else out there that feels this way too?
Maddie and are are going to create some art that gives us the ‘Feels’ for our DIY part of OBOB. Watch this space.
By Lucy May