The waves crashed with a thunderous roar that echoed through the wild cove. I'd never been to this magical corner of the world at this time of year before. It was early December, approaching Christmas and felt roughly the same as always but much more ferocious.
After returning to the UK from Canada 2 weeks ago, I was grateful to get the opportunity to head down to a village in Wales this past weekend and a place we've frequented as a family since my pre-teen years. The place is quite special to me and a particular cove off the tip of a peninsular there is a space that when I’m away, I enjoy re-conjuring in my imagination as a method of making me feel grounded in moments I am overwhelmed or afraid.
I often feel as though many of us in the world of growth and personal development have a greater tendency to look at our childhood in a way that makes us focus on what was missing or what we lacked than what we gained. However, what if we were to give equal attention to each?
Perhaps, we can go on further nurturing those strengths we built in a very conscious way today or perhaps, we’ll start to shift and balance our perspectives from one that sees all that’s ‘wrong’ to one that also sees what’s ‘well’ (something that not only makes us always see better but feel better).
Through my trips to that beach as a kid, I gained a love for nature, adventure, risk-taking and play. These are all things I look to consciously employ in my approach to life today, especially in those moments when I’m afraid of what’s next and when what seems more natural is to stop or hide.
This helps me to start taking action again when I was previously stopped, embrace the total experience when I was previously trying to shut it out and gives me enough of a birds eye view perspective to make the prospect of a negative outcome fade into the exciting totality of what a fully lived life is supposed to be.
What strengths did your childhood help you nurture? And how will you consciously employ these moving forward?
p.s. After my trip to the beach, I was inspired to write about it in a much more intimate way (as per my opening paragraph and continued below). If interested, continue reading: