I sometimes have foreign visitors, I didn’t for the first few years I stayed in Stirling but now I do. It was illuminating as they want to see the history and culture of my area. I must admit I was pretty ignorant of that. What was on my doorstep I was oblivious too. Here I am in one of the most historic sites in Scotland, at the gateway of the highlands and I hadn’t even visited the Castle, I had been to the Scots Monument but that was before I moved here. I took my surroundings for granted. Now maybe I am weird in this but I think that is so easy to do. I am grateful to visitors who have got me out and to appreciate where I live, not just the historical areas but the sheer beauty of the area in which I stay. I even found we have an Australian Restaurant in town, amazing to think you can eat kangaroo in Stirling, who knew? I was in London this weekend and was taken round the typical tourist points. There was lots to see but I was reminded of something important. I was there with Mike and we walked for miles, Oh my feet! Picture the scene, you have probably seen it at least on TV many times. We walked up the Mall towards Buckingham Palace. It was a beautiful day the autumn leaves formed a rich colour blanket or browns, yellows, reds and greens up the sides of the pathway. All of a sudden Mike ran off into the leaves and ran up through the leaves kicking them as he went. What was interesting was watching the reaction of others, I don’t think I have seen so many people laugh at a childlike activity, maybe I should say Mike is in his fifties. I laughed too and even shook my head, he does stuff like this a lot. But it struck me that we were laughing because we had done this kind of things in our childhood. We laughed I think because it stirred memories of our carefree childhood years.
So why not take a walk around your community to experience the wonder in a way that you have never experienced it before. Pretend that you are from a different country and you’re here for the first time. Go out with your family and take time to appreciate them. Take it all in and find the beauty it - it’s all around you, just open up your eyes and look! And I dare you, maybe do one of those devil-may-care things that releases your inner child. What little surprises are on your doorstep that you have overlooked?