I like to start at the beginning of the alphabet when it comes to holidays, I figure I've got years to work my way to the letter R, with all its resting and relaxing qualities. You wouldn't start a book halfway through, it's not logical... and life, with all its chapters, all its twists and turns, is the biggest and most precious book of them all.
So, we start with the A's of action and adventure. A holiday for me is about exploration of ones self and of ones environment, it is opting to take a break from the ordinary and embrace the truly extraordinary. With our cotton wool social conditioning, we are in danger of losing the joie de vivre, and whilst holidays are said to be for recharging the body, is it not just an important to nourish our spirit and nurture our soul? Yes, I am all about the fitness of the body, but this extends to the mind too.
Consider this then, how about a holiday to terrify and catapult the body and spirit out of the rat race and into a raw present? Adventure holidays are a chance to not breathe absently, but to suck deep lungfuls of pure air and to relish it; to be alive and to glow, while also keeping you fit and active. In fact, isn't our obsession with mindfulness, and the huge surge in the popularity of yoga just a less dramatic means to drag us out of our automatic functioning and to access true living?
Visiting the gorgeous Italian Lake Garda with my husband, we embarked on a five day blast back into life. The following was on our health agenda, Caving in a lost River from millions of years ago, Via Ferrata, which involved hanging off the side of a mountain and climbing to a waterfall, Kayaking and catching the eddy's, and the ultimate....Canyoning, a truly thrilling experience of abseiling, sliding, crawling and jumping off rocks into pools of mountain water. Not forgetting a casual trek up the side of a mountain, in pursuit of a castle, which on later inspection we realised never existed and was in fact the name of the mountain itself!
I have never felt so self aware and so alive. I have been scared beyond belief, challenged by Nature's awe inspiring hurdles, and felt sheer joy. I have been shocked back into life, and on returning to work, I feel reconnected, inspired and determined to keep my presence present. A&A at it's very best, my spirit is its healthiest ever, not a single book has been opened, no pages turned, no words read, oh no, for I'm far too busy writing my own.