Ello ello! Grace here.
How’s your weekend treating you?
I’m still over here… packing multiple bags to go 2 hours away 😉
Oh to travel. Now, I know that the world has turned upside down since March (ish) and traveling ‘properly’ is off the cards for most of us for a while…
But this little mini trip (staying within our own state, 2 hour drive North to a lake house) has got me thinking about how travel can affect you as a person.
Even the little trips. But the big trips?! Personality changing potentially!
I want to share this poem with you in hopes that it inspires you to start thinking ahead for your next trips! Even if it’s just a couple of hours away. A mini getaway.
This poem might make you think of a trip of your own. An ‘island’ (I think) is just an analogy for wherever you went. For me… this poem makes me think of South Africa. I was there for a month when I was 19 years old.
11 years ago! Spent most of my time barefoot in a dusty township playing with/teaching 140 beautiful children. And I’ve never been quite the same since and I’ve never seen the world the same since. Egypt, the Maldives… both affected me in completely different ways at a young age. And now not being able to go anywhere, I’m relying on those memories. And they’re way more accessible now. Because I need them now…
I wonder who I would be if I had never gone on any of those trips? Food for thought.
If Once You Have Slept on an Island
If once you have slept on an island
You’ll never be quite the same;
You may look as you looked the day before
And go by the same old name,
You may bustle about in street and shop;
You may sit at home and sew,
But you’ll see blue water and wheeling gulls
Wherever your feet may go.
You may chat with the neighbors of this and that
And close to your fire keep,
But you’ll hear ship whistle and lighthouse bell
And tides beat through your sleep.
Oh, you won’t know why, and you can’t say how
Such change upon you came,
But – once you have slept on an island
You’ll never be quite the same!
Rachel Field (1894–1942)
That is why traveling is so important.
I’ve decided that when the world is back to ‘normal’ and I’ve done all the family visits and trips to see the people I need to see… I’m going back to South Africa for a visit. It’s just something I have to do. Mark said he’ll come with me 🙂
What trip had an impact on you? Any kind of impact.
On that HAPPY note… There has been A LOT of artwork shared online in the last week because of #HappyDaysClarity Days – So many lovely projects. But I soldiered on through the piles of impressive artwork and got suuuuuper selective. Here are my FAVOURITE pieces of the week!
“And just like that, the world tipped on its axis… and everything fell off the table”.
I suppose we better start putting things back on the table 🙂
Have a great week! I’m off to the countryside!
Lotsa love, Grace xoxo
Clarity – The Home of Art, Craft and Well-being.