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an air of depreciation

Posted in Helen Jones - Wordly Images by hellyj on February 11, 2009

depression-091We all know whats happening with the  economy around the world so I’m not even going to bang on about it here. We have enough of that watching the news, reading the tabloids, hearing doom and gloom coming out of everyone’s mouth whilst walking down the street. Living it!greenwich-big-sky-and-river-thames19th-july-08

Its all got me thinking, however, about how simple our lives used and how we chose to be exactly where we are now – debt and all (sorry, I did say I wasn’t going to bang on about that particular subject!). Then I got round to thinking about my childhood and how our young lives seemed so free and easy………living for the weekends when we could get up early, hurridly make a couple of egg and tomato sandwiches, grab a packet of Walkers Crisps (Salt & Vinegar for me) and a can of ‘pop’ from the corner shop,  then get on our bikes and be gone from morning until tea time. Cycling down the country lanes to the reservoir or down to the little river to make a tree swing with an old tyre. Or simply to lie on our backs on the roundabout up at the football field, look up at the sky and imagine what shapes the clouds made: faces, houses, whole towns, animals……..what would it be like to be up there, walking on the soft, white, bouncy clouds…….wherever our fancy took us. You could get completely lost up there in the simpleness of it all….where everything would be effortless, gentle and peaceful…..

But, ofcourse we grow and our lives become more cluttered and so much more complicated it seems and we search for more

We see more in situations that perhaps don’t warrant so much weight

We pacify our hungar/lack of with material things

We run around, always so busy.

We don’t stand still long enough to see what it is we really need and realise the simplicity of what our lives can be again.

Perhaps we need to value more of what we have within us/around us and appreciate it…..

Be that spontaneous,  innocent child again, lie back and look up at the sky and see the real beauty and simplicity……….constantly moving and changing, from darkness to light again, at a pace that can’t be forced or altered but …………knowing that it will change

SoHo, NYC, 2009 & Greenwich, London, 2008 (hellyjphotos.copyright 2009)

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  1. Katie said, on February 11, 2009 at 7:24 pm

    This is something I adore in my kids and in other children too, a wonderful way of looking at the world, when weekends are just about mates and doing exactly the kind of things you talk about. Now they are old enough to be more independent I hardly see them any more and I have to remind myself that that is what it is all about, and that I am lucky to be somewhere I can let them have such a degree of freedom and not worry too much!!
    We made a tree swing with an old tyre at the Guet here a while back, left it there and so many people have had fun on it since…adults too 🙂

    I suppose it’s inevitable that we change as we get older, but there are still moments when we can enjoy the simple things again. I know this summer we are looking closer to home and mainly spending it here – playing on some of the beaches we have on our doorstep.
    I can see things changing far more towards a life we used to have – growing veg and being far more self sufficient in many ways…Always fancied being Barbara from the Good Life 🙂

  2. hellyj said, on February 12, 2009 at 3:19 pm

    Hi Kate, yes you are very lucky to be where you are. A great place to bring kids up as I know from other friends of mine on the island. I’ve always envied that freedom and the cliff walks and beaches that kids have (you all have) there. I guess that why I like to travel to W Africa so much – it strips everything back down to basics and reminds you of the simplicities of life. Bliss! 😉

  3. Flo said, on February 12, 2009 at 11:57 pm

    When’s dinner ready? x

  4. hellyj said, on February 13, 2009 at 2:23 pm

    very funny, Flo! xx


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