Sometimes, it’s good to do nothing, sometimes it just good to walk in water.
During the Christmas it can be often the most strenuous time of our lives, getting things ready, shopping, did I send a card.....the eternal loop of 'do I send another emoji, we said goodbye.....but they sent a laughing face…..' cooking dinner….eating and rest! It can sometimes feel like you just want to enjoy the outdoors and do nothing at all!
A Rockpool Idea
I checked the tide tables, and there was a low tide planned for Sunday, so I wrapped up really well and headed out. I always love the rawness of the Wild Atlantic Way on these windy, cold days…..something so refreshing about the wind blowing up from the Atlantic.
I walked onto Grattan beach, and made my way to the rockpools. The ‘suns legs’ were settling well onto the waves of Galway Bay.
I will often stop for a time just to watch the sun settle and shine through the clouds, a mental ‘prep’ before I foray into the rockpools. Have a look at the video below and LISTEN to the sound of the waves. I did find some species on the day, so not a bad day for doing nothing and walking in water.
I think the theme today was just to be mindful and 'be in the moment'. It is a hectic life and so, we deserve time to ourselves every now and again. The experience of the rockpool is not about 'finding species' per se, but more about discovering your own balance and part of the Wild Atlantic Way that you enjoy. So, keep discovering these wonderful spaces along the coastline, there are over 2000 km to enjoy!
The Wild Atlantic Way has some really idyllic places where you can just sit and watch the beauty of our coast, reflect on what you have, give yourself a break and also improve your health and wellbeing.
So if you are walking along the prom, please take in that 30 seconds of relaxation and enjoy your Wild Atlantic Way.
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