Find a little mountain of your own,
Build a sanctuary you can call home.
The sun, the rain, the wind, the snow
Will be your friends as you go.
You do this not to isolate,
But instead to contemplate –
Those quiet moments shall enliven you
So you can re-enter the world anew.
No storm nor cloud can end this time
For all elements here align
To aid you to recuperate –
For in this place is love, never hate.
Breath in the crystal clear air
As the gentle breeze ruffles your hair.
All this must feel like a dream
As you drink pure waters of the stream.
And as you descend the rocky terrain
You smile as you see the world again.
Whenever your facing problems alone
Step back and build a little mountain of your own.
This poem is about the importance of retreating from the world and caring for yourself once in a while or when the world gets you down. It’s important we all have a place where we can restore ourselves. I think self-care and being able to openly talk about mental health issues is so important.
Being high up on mountains or hills is where I can restore myself.
The title of the poem is adapted from a lyric by the band Idlewild.
The photos come from mountain hiking holidays I did in Scotland (2018) and Wales and Ireland (2019).
Thanks for reading this. If you have any comments, it’d be great to hear from you.
I hope you all have a good week. Stay safe and healthy 😊