Good morning everyone,
My husband and I went for a morning walk around our suburb today after breakfast and it was amazing how still the world seemed.
It is quite incredible to see how throughout the Christmas break everyone seems to unwind, relax and just take it easy in their own homes. There is little to no one out on the pathways walking from A to B, the roads are quiet and the world seems still.
The sun is shining, birds are singing and it feels like the world has come to a standstill around these precious few days around Christmas.
When my husband and I were driving to the in laws for Christmas dinner, it was absolutely mind blowing how huge the difference was out on the roads. The roads were like a ghost town as all the shops were shut and unavailable for business. It had quite a creepy feeling about it!
The drive home was the worst, as there were so many drunks out on the road you could see two different types of drivers:
The driver who obviously is driving incredibly slow to not draw attention to themselves, when they indeed stand out like a glow in the dark stick.
The driver who sways continually because they can’t drive in a straight line.
It was terrifying to be around on our way back home. We were more scared of drivers around us than driving at a time where wildlife could jump out onto the road at any moment.
Today seems different. A difference that I can’t seem to put my finger on. The world just seems so damn still. It feels like everyone is actually just enjoying having their time at home, not at work, and just putting their feet up for a while.
You can’t hear the normal sounds of suburbia, where people are mowing their lawns, kids are outside playing, dogs being taken for walks or even just people taking their rubbish out. Yes everyone’s bins look full from Christmas wrapping paper, big bags full of cartons and what not – but there is just not a person to be seen. It’s quite nice, actually. It feels really relaxed.
It’s hard around the Christmas period to remind yourself to take a break. It feels forced sometimes, where you have to remind yourself to turn your brain off and take it easy. Once the new year gets going, you won’t have time for a break as the year kicks off and things go back to business as usual.
It’s important to remember that this is your time to take it easy and enjoy putting your feet up for a while, it seems like that is truly happening this year in our suburb.
I hope everyone is enjoying their Christmas break!
Speak soon readers.