A walk in the woods

At the end of February 2020 I became a mother to a beautiful baby boy. It was truly a magical experience as well as one of the most challenging jobs I had done to date; I was responsible for keeping a little person alive.  I found myself surviving on little sleep as well as riding the wave of a myriad of emotions. A few weeks into motherhood the UK entered its first lockdown and overnight my support network diminished along with the closure of a number of services.  I was overwhelmed with thoughts and just like everyone else I had to navigate this new world with my new born.

As the shutters of the world we once knew came down I found myself drawn to daily walk into the woods and parks where I was encapsulated by the wonders of the natural world, which helped bring calm, presence and hope in what seemed a chaotic and socially distant world.

By stepping into nature I enjoyed the beautiful fresh air, which rejuvenated me and made me feel anew. Often we can get stuck in our mind with the same thoughts on a continual loop with no clarity of thought or perspective. I found walking in nature gave me perspective, fresh ideas and often the realisation that it is not worth sweating the small stuff as things have a way of working themselves out. I mean look at the natural world everything orchestrates beautifully irrespective of the apparent chaos around us.

Sandeep and son

As all the baby classes were closed I looked to nature as the great educator. The diversity of species, plant life, season, colour, texture, I mean the list just goes on. I had volumes of information to show my son but I only saw this when I stopped, looked and became present. By stepping into nature and stepping away from social media I was able to appreciate the different sounds, smells and sights that I often paid little attention too.

My walk refreshed me mentally as well physically; I was amazed at the number of calories I burned on a walk to the local park. The most wonderful element were the smiles and hellos I encountered from people who longed for some form of social connection in a world where we were locked away from our nearest and dearest.  There appeared to be a mutual appreciation of the beauty that surrounded us and as result people seemed happier and more connected.

London has a huge array of beautiful green spaces rich in biodiversity, which needs to be protected. London being a National Park City means that there is a community of people working together to look after and improve green spaces so that future generations can enjoy it but we too can play our part and make London greener, wilder and healthier in our unique way in our local area whether that be starting a buggy fit  or a walking group.

As the seasons changed, the seeds blossomed into flowers and caterpillars transformed into beautiful butterflies I learned that change is an inevitable feature of life. Yes the life we once knew seems a distant memory but as nature shows we are probably on the cusp of a new way maybe even better way of living and working.

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