Words and photography by Annabelle Nicoll.
Summer days, no rush, no stress. Nature. Life is lived in the non-doing; the being and my children thrive in this space. As a single Mum my holidays are all about slowing down and connecting to what’s important, anything else is actually just too stressful to be honest.
This summer we travelled in the UK and the kids found themselves bored and relaxed, I don’t ever know if those two states should be far from each other. Boredom mixed with some nature inspires the soul to deeply connect with the present moment. Both my children are Steiner educated and so life already has a more relaxed flow then most families but I strive to create a lifestyle that does not need to conform to the way I was taught and society dictates. So I push it a bit further, how slow can we go, where is the edge, where is creativity sparked and imagination born?
Is this not what childhood is all about, have we forgotten so quickly with the speed of current life, how to slow down? My children are my barometers, their state and emotional wellbeing shows me how I am doing in myself. Sometimes I forget to stay slow and become unpresent with the addiction to doing and my kids quickly create a storm in reaction to my insanity and indirectly guide me back to myself.
When I slow down everything gets done, life takes on richness and ironically more gets done. Many times a day we stop and slow down and start over, many times a day, but the summer days give space to stretch these periods of time so we can restore ourselves to our natural state of being. If I could gift my children with one thing, it would be the gift of slow.