People who have been reading my blog for a long time, will know that I have a huge love of travel (so much so, that I started a second blog, a travel blog, just for my travel posts) and a huge love of writing. I used to blog poetry and prose every Wednesday back when I hosted #WednesdayWords. So when I heard that Mark Warner Holidays are looking for ambassadors again and there is a creative writing category, I just knew I had to enter.
Mark Warner want to know what makes your perfect holiday. Well… For me, the perfect holiday is one which sets your soul free, enriches all of your senses and makes you feel truly alive. It’s a holiday where you get to share the beauty of this world, with those that you love. In my case… my three incredible children. My special place, is near the sea. It doesn’t matter to me whether we are strolling along a sandy beach, eating ice cream at a harbourside or sitting on a kayak in the sea. It doesn’t matter if it’s Greece, Sardinia, Corsica or anywhere else in the World… I just love to be near the sea.
These two pieces of prose are what I wrote, the last time I was standing on a beach. They are raw, unedited prose, which I have never published anywhere before. Words which came straight from the heart. They will hopefully transport you to the sea and show you why being near the sea, makes my perfect holiday.
Sense of the Sea
I adore the feel of soft warm sand
sliding between my toes,
as I happily wander barefoot,
with no specific destination.
A shy and gentle wind
brushing my back,
as glowing rays of sun
swathe my skin and lift my spirits.
Punctuated only by distant birdsong
and the lapping of the sea on the shore.
and the occasional little POP,
as a fish finds it’s way back into the water.
Or as white foam hits a rock.
Spray which catches the light and twinkles
into a thousand sparkly fragments in the air.
as the clear sea echoes the cloudless sky,
making anything which isn’t turquoise,
stand out in contrasting tones.
and sometimes a little seaweed
fill the nose,
as though you are only really breathing for the first time.
You can breathe big deep lungfuls
and feel free.
Natural beauty at its best.
At peace, at sea.
The sea has untold powers and millions of secrets.
It holds memories that last beyond lifetimes
and brings the motivation of dreams.
It is here that I feel free.
That my soul is cleansed of the bad things I have done.
Hope glistens on the horizon and I am awakened.
With every breath of sea air I am invigorated.
I am connected.
As I walk along the sand,
with the sun beaming down on me,
I am hit by an overwhelming emotion of gratitude;
because I am just so lucky to be alive!
I can stand with the waves washing over my feet,
Listening to the hushing breaks,
the foam lapping over the sand
And it feels like God is taking my hand.
I hope that my children grow up as in love with the world as I have. That they can feel the same peace and happiness near the sea, that I do. That they will inherit my passion for travel and see beauty in every corner of the world. I hope they get the opportunities to see parts of the world that I can only dream of. But whilst they are young, their journey is in my hands and it is down to me to lead the way. I want to take them to as many destinations as I can and offer them as many amazing experiences as possible.
If I were lucky enough to be selected as a #MarkWarnerMum and represent Mark Warner Holidays as a family ambassador, that would give my children an incredible headstart in that travel journey. We have never been to Corsica, Greece or Sardinia. We have never been to Austria or the French Alps. We have never been skiing (although I recently tried tubing on a dry slope and it was fantastic fun!). Mark Warner serves all of these wishlist destinations and jam-packs them with activities and adventure fit for all the family. So please judges… pick us!
(It’s also my 30th birthday in two days and would make the most amazing birthday present! #JustSaying)
This post is our creative writing entry into the Mark Warner Holidays #markwarnermum competition to be a 2016 Family Travel Ambassador.