Christmas has been and gone. The tree is down and the decorations are back in their boxes. It’s a new year already.
My partner had a few days off after New Years Eve, so we took the time to go down to one of my favourite beaches, Aramoana, for a walk.
The day reaffirmed for me that our lives should be spent enjoying experiences, not stuff. We’re here on this earth to love each other and spend time enjoying the natural world.
We’re not here to fight each other over the next after-Christmas door buster sale!
At Aramoana, we walked along the spit to the very end.
There was a family of wild sealions basking in afternoon warmth, barely ten feet from where we stood.
About a dozen of them, some resting, barely opening an eye to us.
They were obviously really used to seeing humans. But it made me think about how relaxed they all were, compared with how stressed most people are at this time of year!
I also thought about how lucky we are to have such beautiful animals here in New Zealand. They’re national treasures. World treasures.
I was there, on a practically empty beach, enjoying this amazing experience, while most people were probably at home watching the telly, unaware of what was right outside their door.
Maybe it’s time we start treasuring our experiences more, and our stuff a little less, don’t you think?
Happy new year.