How do they do it? How do they know what I’m thinking? It seems every time I open up the weekly photo challenge lately it’s something that has been on my mind and so relevant to me at that moment. I enjoy planning my post throughout the day (usually Saturday here in Aus) and wet, windy, miserable days are best suited for just such an activity!
And so it is with Facebook too, reminding me of my past adventures and memories. Is it any wonder I’m feeling nostalgic for a past full of travels, while the rain tumbles down relentlessly outside?
So when I saw this week’s theme – Nostalgia I knew exactly what I wanted to write about.
What is nostalgia? – a sentimental longing or wistful affection for a period in the past.
It seems that most big holidays we’ve ever taken have been at this time of the year – just coming out of our Australian winter into spring. Maybe the prices are cheaper, the weather in the northern hemisphere not too bad and the timing of the school year not too critical but every day for the past few weeks I’ve had some reminder of our fantastic adventures – walking in Nepal, visiting India, travelling in UK and being with all my three daughters on the other side of the world, visiting friends in Sweden and Denmark, cycling in France, experiencing our very own Uluru and sailing and cycling in Croatia this time two years ago. This post features many shots from the aforementioned trips: Travel theme – fantastic.
Just last night, before this prompt was even published, I was looking at photos from this time a few years ago and I posted this amazing photo of us sailing into Korcula in Croatia after a day of cycling in the Southern Dalmatian islands. We had many more days of fun ahead but this photo was a highlight. Overnight it has become my most popular photo in my Instagram history, so I’m obviously not the only one who likes it!
Why am I feeling so nostalgic at the moment?
- I’m sick of the long wet winter (did I mention that it’s raining again)
- I long for some adventure and I’m being reminded on a daily basis of past trips
- I am out of sorts due to an impending redundancy and change being forced on me
- There are lots of battles going on in our community and it’s very wearing
- I love holidays and travelling the world and I miss it
- We have a trip planned in a few weeks time to cycle the Otago Rail Trail in New Zealand with friends and I’m starting to get excited. I love the anticipation and planning of a holiday nearly as much as the trip itself.
- I feel a bit unfit due to said earlier wet winter and haven’t been as active as I’d like
- An injured knee has also affected my fitness activities. Riding a bike is easier at the moment and is better than my preferred exercise of running.
- It’s the time of the year that we usually go away and I’m ready for an adventure!
- I love who I am on an adventure and miss that person.
My blogging friend Louise has been posting about her trekking to Everest Base Camp in her blog, The year I touched my toes, and I sense a similar longing in her. She also hit the nail on the head with an insightful comment she left me recently, stating that with everything that has happened this winter it’s been a real ‘winter of discontent’ for me. So I admit to feeling nostalgic with a sentimental longing or wistful affection for a period in the past.
I’d like to thank those of you who can relate to this feeling and for those who have been with me throughout this awful time. I’ve tried not to go on about it too much but it has affected me and I am ready for a break. Hopefully my upcoming cycling holiday with good friends will be just the boost I need.
Thanks for sharing in my nostalgia, I’m very fortunate to have been able to undertake such amazing trips and look forward to many more.