I love how a little bit of sunshine has the power to transform the way you see the world, and your place within it.
As an English girl used to grey skies, endless winters and dressing in multiple layers, the sudden arrival of the fleeting British summer has sent my heart soaring, and my woolly jumpers packing. In a place that doesn’t see this kind of weather very often, it seems as though the whole country has suddenly sprung to life.
Here in Brighton on the south coast, the normally elusive sun has painted the city in searing shades that leave the pavement thirsty and baking under foot. The streets are crowded before 9am with sun seekers eager to maximise their exposure and the air is laced with the scent of melting tarmac, barbecued chicken and Hawaiian Tropic.
As a soon-to-be nomad who can’t wait to start travelling, for this brief period in time, it feels as though the travel has decided to come to me. It’s a holiday at home.
There is a feeling in the air, one that I normally only get when I leave home for far off lands; that heightened sense of joy, freedom and gratitude that each day is filled with. But as I enjoyed a lazy lunch in the sunshine with a beer and my best friend this weekend, that feeling came flooding over me.
I want to make the most of every moment, and enjoy every minute of sunshine with my friends and family before I leave them for distant climes. After months of over-thinking and planning, I am pushing my thoughts of extended travel aside and taking time to just be – at least until the sun fades.
Live in the sunshine, swim in the sea, drink the wild air.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
My mum and I spent the afternoon together on Saturday, sorting through boxes of my no longer needed belongings, and packing them in my car ready to sell at a car boot sale the following morning. Ordinarily, this is not the kind of weekend activity I would take pleasure in, but as the sun shone down upon us, everything felt good. We rewarded ourselves with a glass of wine in the garden, and I snapped a mental photograph of this simple but perfect moment, and tucked it safely away in my mind.
I know I’ll want to look at it over and over again when I am travelling.
This new outlook on life leaves me eager to make the most of each moment, and as the sun leaves me intoxicated by its warmth, I happily mull over some deliciously summer-soaked options. How about a bottle of champagne with dinner? Or a leisurely dinner al fresco in a quaint country pub? Or perhaps a little pre-travelling sojourn?
Emboldened by the weather I’ve found myself eschewing work in favour of Google once again – I know, I said I wouldn’t do that any more, but the sun made me…
With the nearest airport just a twenty minute drive, and the whole of Europe just a short flight away, I’ve been searching the price of Expedia flights to Madrid and Barcelona, and dreaming of tapas, Gaudi and siestas. Muy bien!
Just living is not enough… one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.
- Hans Christian Andersen
For this brief window in time, the dream that lies just four months away has been temporarily replaced by an overwhelming desire to make the most of my own doorstep, before I cross over it for an indeterminate length of time. I know they say the grass is always greener, but trust me – in this weather, it really is.
So for now, I’m going to go outside and enjoy the life I am already living, before I start living a new one. There is wine, love and summer time. How lucky I am to be here, at home, to enjoy it.
Ok, and maybe I’ll just take one more quick look at those flights again… you never know how long this sunshine is going to last.