Dear Hannah, Sally and Lief
You asked us to let you know how we were feeling a few days after the course. I was covered in bruises, cuts, burns, scratches, blisters and smelt of smoke but I am still grinning from ear to ear, three days later.
I enjoyed that weekend more than I have anything for a long time. Before I was simply looking forward to 2-3 months off; now instead I feel liberated. And before I was just looking forward to going camping; now I see it as spending time outdoors appreciating the wildlife etc with a new eye.
I honestly think that the course has changed my perspective on life and I'm just lucky to be having weeks and weeks off to think about everything you all taught us, instead of getting stuck back on the rat-race treadmill. I think that opportunity will make it all stick with me, rather than the enthusiasm wearing off after a few days back at my desk. I'm off on Sunday andI can't wait!
So many people have asked me about the weekend, so I think there is a huge, and growing, interest in this type of thing.
I feel calmer, happier and much more focused than before I came. I was 20 minutes late for work on Monday, because I was ambling along the Thames on the way in watching the birds, instead of yomping along with my head down. And it's made me reconsider what I really enjoy doing and what's important in life.
So thanks to you all for sharing your skills, experience and humour with us all; I really appreciate it. I hope that improving people's lives is a good pay-back for all your hard work and patience.
Now I'm off to enjoy everything you taught us and to spend time roaming the hills and dales or just sitting and watching nature going about her business. But I shall be disappointed if no one steals my mug from my tent so that I can wriggle up on them in the dark while they are sitting round their BBQ...
Long may your fires keep burning!
So Julie, here I come.... The Hills Are Aliiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiive......