We have just returned from a camping holiday with my mum and dad. They bought a camper van before the winter and our trip was the test run. Noah was so excited to be in on the trip. He completely entered into the spirit of it all and really made the most of it. Playing and having fun every second of the way.
We took our time packing, getting the van ready and then driving to the camp site. In a way this is my favourite part of a holiday, the getting ready. We were singing as we did our jobs and then most of the way there…and then still singing on the way back! It went something like this “we’re going on holiday, in a camper van, we all love being in the camper van”
So many times in life we look back longingly wishing we could turn back time. It is perhaps only then we are able to see that the journey to our destination was the best bit. It is so important to appreciate every single part of each of our journies in life. If you rush through the getting ready in a distracted haze it will be much less likely that you get the most out of the big event, whatever it is.
The first morning we woke to a frost outside and the duvet Noah and I were sleeping under had frozen to the windscreen in the night! The next night it rained and we had a leak in the roof which meant finding something to catch the drip and avoiding that spot. The last two nights the battery charger went wrong and we were out of light as soon as it got dark outside. It could to some have seemed like it was full of disasters yet we enjoyed every minute and looking back I think it was a really great trip.
We didn’t go far, just to Ashbourne in Derbyshire. A break from the every day was what made the trip special. We had a potter round the town, a good walk along the Tissington Trail and a few cafe stops. It was a change from the everyday jobs that keep us in our busy routines at home. Stepping away form the hectic pattern that we find ourselves in really does do us good. It certainly did both me and Noah good. It makes us take stock of what really is important to us. Family time has to be top if my list. A bit of sunshine was the icing on the cake.
We had lovely meals, they were quite simple just like our little kitchen, but they were really delicious! My favourite was brown rice spaghetti on a bed of spinach leaves topped with spicy peppers stuffed with tuna (courtesy of a pre holiday trip to Carluccios!). A glass of red wine or two and some nice chatter made the meal times perfect.
When we packed up to leave this morning it was glorious sunshine. We finished the holiday in good spirits and were all on top form when we arrived home. I really feel that we made the most of every moment. It wasn’t a luxury holiday but it was really revitalising and I absolutely loved it.
Making the most of every moment is something that comes from mindful living. Learning to meditate really helps us keep problems in perspective and enjoy the good times to the full. Come on a Revitalise Day to get started.